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Lukashenka Says Serbia Must Strike Balance Between East, West

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says Serbia must strike a balance between East and West.

In an interview published by Serbian media ahead of his visit to Belgrade, Lukashenka said that Serbia, "being surrounded by the EU countries, can also build good relations with Russia and Belarus."

He added that Belgrade "should find the right way of action which would not disappoint either the East or the West."

Lukashenka said he also sees progress in Minsk's relations with the European Union.

According to Lukashenka, the EU countries "have realized that a more or less stable Ukraine and Belarus are better than a war."

Lukashenka starts a two-day official visit to Belgrade on June 11. He is expected to hold talks with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, among other top officials.

Based on reporting by and