He said that this collegium will consider "the joint European strategy in the context of the expansion of the European Union". In his opinion, this fact /EU expansion/ requires "a special coordination of our foreign policy efforts".
Most of the sitting will be held behind the closed doors. Before its start, the two foreign ministers held a head-on-head meeting.
For his part, Belarussian Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov voiced confidence that "results of the collegium will be a major contribution to the development and strengthening of bilateral relations between Russia and Belarus".