“Today, Russia and Belarus are like-minded on almost all key issues of our time. We agreed to continue to closely cooperate on pressing issues of the global agenda, to promote joint initiatives in the UN, OSCE, and other multilateral platforms. The solution to these problems will contribute to the program of concerted actions in the field of foreign policy for 2020-2021, which we signed today, ”he said.

As the minister emphasized, this is a “unique document”.

“Russia, like Belarus, as I understand it, has no such documents with any other partner,” added Lavrov.

Earlier, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said that Minsk would not sign roadmaps for integration with Moscow if they contradict the independence and sovereignty of Belarus and if economic issues are not resolved.

As the Kremlin noted later, Lukashenko talked about the advisability of an alliance with Russia “hypothetically,” and Russia still consistently proceeds from the assumption that “in this case, the mutual benefit of this alliance” is absolutely unshakable.

RT led a live broadcast of the press conference.