BISHKEK. According to the Kyrgyzstan Foreign Ministry, President of Belarus, Aleksander Lukashenka will come to Kyrgyzstan for three-day official visit on November 20, 2002. He will meet with his Kyrgyz counterpart, Askar Akaev to discuss the problems of deepening their bilateral cooperation. Several agreements are expected to be signed on strengthening ties between Belarus and Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz President recently complained that Kyrgyzstan has big obstacles in economic relations with the Eastern European countries because of the high tariffs for the railroads in the CIS countries.
Another information of the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry tells that Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit Kyrgyzstan on December 6, 2002. During his two-day visit Putin will meet with President Akaev and they will sign several agreements regarding the bilateral ties between the two countries. Bishkek considers Moscow as the main strategic partner in its foreign policy and at the same time it is trying to balance Kyrgyzstan's geopolitics with Russia, as well as with the Western countries and China.