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    Ukraine Offers Support to Belarus in Developing EU Ties

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    Ukraine is interested in supporting Belarus in developing relations under the Eastern Partnership initiative, according to the statement of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's press service.

    KIEV, December 21 (Sputnik) – Ukraine could facilitate the development of Belarus' ties with the European Union (EU) under the Eastern Partnership initiative, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's press service said Sunday.

    "We are interested in supporting Belarus, if deemed possible [by Belarus], in developing relations under the Eastern Partnership initiative," Poroshenko was quoted as saying by the press service.

    The Ukrainian president pointed out that he was talking about using technology, law and finance to the mutual benefit of the countries.

    Poroshenko added that Ukraine was genuinely interested in effectively developing trade, economic and political relations with Belarus, as well as cooperating in the defense sector.

    Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarus was Ukraine's reliable and honest partner in both political and economic issues.

    The Eastern Partnership initiative was launched in 2009 between the EU and the eastern European partner countries. It serves to strengthen political, economic and cultural ties between the EU and partner states.

    On Saturday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich said that Russia hoped the EU would consider the flaws of the Eastern Partnership initiative and was prepared to create a common economic and humanitarian space "from the Atlantic to the Pacific".

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