Working visit of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Belgium

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On the 15 October, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made a working visit to Belgium, where he conducted negotiations with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs of Belgium Didier Reynders. The status and the prospects of Russian-Belgian relations was the focus of their attention. Special attention was devoted to the forthcoming 9th session of the mixed commission for economic cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union in the middle of November, as well as improvement of the bilateral contractual legal framework.

They had a lengthy exchange of opinions about the situation in Syria, as well as other countries of the Middle East and Africa. Issues of Russia’s interaction with the EU, NATO and the OSCE were touched upon.

At the end of the negotiations, Sergey Lavrov made a speech in the Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations – one of the most authoritative politological centres of Western Europe.

The Minister Sergey Lavrov also met compatriots living in Belgium. A wide range of issues of interest to the Russian community abroad were discussed. During the meeting, a Pushkin’s Medal was awarded to Marya Pushkina, the last descendant of the great Russian poet, for her significant contribution to the promotion of the Russian language and culture in Europe.