On February 11-13, 2020 the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Oleg Kravchenko, paid a visit to the Federal Republic of Germany.
The main element of the visit was the participation on February 12, in the inaugural meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group Belarus-Germany (SAG) — a new format of Belarusian-German bilateral dialogue for developing in 2020 a perspective vision for future relations between the two countries and identifying concrete steps in priority areas (“road map”).
Background Information: The Strategic Advisory Group Belarus-Germany was created in accordance with the agreement between the Foreign Ministers of Belarus Vladimir Makei and Germany Heiko Maas, reached in Berlin in October 2019. The Group includes representatives of governments, parliaments, economic, scientific and public circles of two countries. The co-chairs are the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Oleg Kravchenko and the Commissioner of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia Michael Siebert.
During the meeting, the parties agreed on the modalities of the work of the SAG, discussed in-depth state of affairs in bilateral cooperation, as well as interaction in a number of priority thematic areas.
On February 13, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus took part in the new round of trilateral consultations of the Foreign Ministries of Belarus, Germany and France, during which the prospects of developing trilateral dialogue and cooperation, issues of interaction between Belarus and the European Union, topical issues on the international and regional agenda were considered.
During the visit in Berlin, the Deputy Head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry held also meetings at the Offices of the Federal President, the Federal Chancellor of Germany and at the German Bundestag. At the meetings a wide range of issues of Belarusian-German and Belarus-EU cooperation were discussed.
At the German Council on Foreign Relations, an engaged exchange of views on the regional situation took place with the leadership and experts of the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia.