No pandemic can hinder cooperation between Belarus and Azerbaijan, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev on 14 April, BelTA has learned.
The meeting is taking place against the background of the pandemic and all kinds of other events. “However, true friends do not postpone the things that should be done on time. No pandemic can prevent this,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The Belarusian president noted that the two countries diversified their relations in politics and economy and ‘they are not burdened by anything'. “We do not stand on anyone's way and no one is trying to interfere with our affairs. Indeed, if you are determined to do something, it is difficult to prevent it,” the head of state said.
In 2020 the trade between Belarus and Azerbaijan approached half a billion dollars. Aleksandr Lukashenko believes that the two countries made good progress in this respect.
“With regard to our political relations, it is difficult to say what is missing. We have a brilliant relationship. I have always been proud of that. We have restored the warmest relations since the Soviet Union in all areas,” the president emphasized.
Aleksandr Lukashenko offered Belarus' support to rebuild the territories affected by the recent conflict. “We talked about it a lot yesterday. I am very glad that being a true friend of Belarusian people, you realize that there is so much more work ahead. Hard work, peaceful work,” the head of state noted. “You should keep in mind that you can count on Belarus. You know what we can do. We will revisit this matter today with ministers and specialists. If we reach an agreement (it has never been a problem for us), we will certainly fulfill our arrangements,” the president added.