Europe is starting to realize that it is impossible to build security in the region without Russia and Belarus, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said as he met with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko in Minsk on 30 June.
“We can see more and more sober-minded people there who are starting to think about the future. They are thinking: ‘When this situation is over, what will be next?' They are starting to talk about the need for pan-European cooperation,” Sergey Lavrov said. “I do not know what kind of cooperation they mean. In the current situation it is hard to imagine this cooperation. But it is a fact that it is impossible to build security in Europe without you and us, and this is what many of them are starting to realize,” the Russian minister of foreign affairs said.