Lukashenko, Chavez praise friendship, discuss cooperation

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko told his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez on Saturday that he will never regret his close friendship with Belarus.

Chavez, who arrived in Minsk on a fourth visit after a two-day stay in Moscow, will hold talks with Lukashenko and sign a number of bilateral documents.

"I swear that we will do so much for Venezuela that you will never regret our relations," Lukashenko told Chavez.

"You have put your kind heart in the independence of the Belarusian land," he added.

Chavez said that Belarusian support was very important and promised that Belarusian plants will never be in need of oil.

"Venezuela has the largest oil reserves and Belarusian refineries will have enough oil for another 200 years," he said.

Venezuela started regular oil supplies to Belarus in the spring of 2010. Under the bilateral agreements, 4 million metric tons of oil should supplied to the ex-Soviet republic in 2010.

Minsk and Caracas are running other major energy projects, including Petrolera BeloVenezolana joint oil production venture, which was launched during Lukashenko's first official visit to Venezuela in December 2007.

MINSK, October 16 (RIA Novosti)


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