RF hopes Belarus avoids contradictory slogans - Lavrov

WARSAW, October 28 (Itar-Tass) - Moscow hopes that ahead of the presidential elections Belarus will not use slogans: the people should decide if it is with Europe or with Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.

Lavrov, who is currently in Warsaw on a working visit, said, "The Belarusian people is a prime mover in this case." "We'd not like the six-year-old situation to repeat when the slogans spread in Ukraine before the elections that the people should decide with whom they are - with Russia or with Europe," he said.

At the same time, he noted, "There are grounds to believe that such slogans will not be used in Minsk. This is explained by the fact that Russia and Europe have common stances on prosperity of our common space."

Lavrov recalled that the agreements existed "what methods should be used in order to develop on the European space". One of these agreements "is to hold fair and free elections", the minister said, adding that one of the elements of fair and free elections "is to invite international observers: all countries invite observers. Russia invites OSCE and Interparliamentary observers".

"We seek cooperation and we believe that this will be so," Lavrov stressed.


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