Makei: Belarus wishes to change small border movement agreement with Latvia


Minister of Foreign Affairs Uladzimir Makei told it to the Polish newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.

Makei: “The agreement with Latvia produced a number of problems and we would like to change it. The issues are connected with the border traffic intensity.”

 The small border movement agreement with Latvia came into power on February 1, 2012. Belarusians and Latvians living in the border areas were allowed to visit the neighbouring countries without visas. They only need a special permit for it now. Similar agreements were signed with Lithuania and Poland but they have not been ratified so far. It is necessary to study the results of the agreement with Latvia first, Makei said replying to a journalist’s question about the agreement with Poland.

 Makei: “Poland suggested increasing the capacity of border check-points. I wouldn’t like the agreement to result in border chaos. On the other hand, the issue is being considered in the general context of our relations.”