November 18, 2019 / 2:29 PM / a month ago

Belarus says still committed to closer integration with Russia

FILE PHOTO: Belarus' Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei arrives to address the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said on Monday that his country remained committed to closer integration with Russia, a day after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to pull out of an integration deal with Moscow.

Lukashenko on Sunday threatened to pull out of signing an integration deal with Russia next month if Moscow failed to resolve their dispute over energy subsidies.

Makei made his comments at a joint news conference in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Reporting by Katya Golubkova and Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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