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Austria: Belarusian President Lukashenko meets with Van der Bellen in Vienna

1 12.11.2019 Инфо

M/S Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen waiting for Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to arrive, Vienna
M/S Van der Bellen and Lukashenko shaking hands
W/S Van der Bellen and Lukashenko
M/S Van der Bellen and Lukashenko
W/S Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko arriving in Maria Theresa room in Hofburg
M/S Presidents talking
SOT, Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus (Russian): "I would also like for the citizens of our country to be absolutely sovereign and independent. But there is just that amount of sovereignty and independence and freedom for our citizens that the situation allows."
SOT, Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus (Russian): "Citizens of 90 countries in the world can visit Belarus without a visa as you said. We are absolutely open for everybody."
SOT, Alexander van der Bellen, President of Austria (German): "Austria is the second biggest foreign investor in Belarus and these meetings lead to further development of these trade contacts."
SOT, Alexander van der Bellen, President of Austria (German): "The European Union is an economic giant and foreign policy-wise the biggest problem is to regularly find a unified line."
M/S Van der Bellen and Lukashenko at press conference
W/S Soldiers marching
M/S Soldiers marching
SCRIPT
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko met with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna on Tuesday as he made his first bilateral visit to a European Union member state in over three year to discuss new trade opportunities.
"Austria is the second biggest foreign investor in Belarus and these meetings lead to further development of these trade contacts," said Van der Bellen, adding that the EU "is an economic giant" but one that regularly struggles to "find a unified line."
Austria is, after Russia, reportedly the second largest foreign investor in Belarus and the presidents discussed future cooperation in this field. They also discussed the situation of Belarus' citizens.
"I would also like for the citizens of our country to be absolutely sovereign and independent. But there is just that amount of sovereignty and independence and freedom for our citizens that the situation allows," said Lukashenko, adding that his country is "absolutely open for everybody."