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Work on Belarus-Russia integration documents in full swing

MINSK (BelTA) – The Belarusian side has initialed and sent 26 draft Union State programs on integration to the Russian side. Two more documents are still in the pipeline. Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko mentioned it as he met with Prime Minister of Russia Mikhail Mishustin, BelTA has learned.

Roman Golovchenko said: “We continue working on the package of integration documents. On 23 April we handed over 26 draft Union State programs the Belarusian side had initialed to the Russian side. It is a huge amount of work that the relevant government agencies have done. Two programs of the Union State of Belarus and Russia are still in the pipeline. In line with the instruction you and I have given deputy prime ministers supervise the work and continue constructive negotiations on these matters. I am convinced that all the necessary solutions will be found in the interests of both sides.”

The prime minister mentioned positive dynamics of contacts at the interstate level. “The presidents of our countries meet and discuss topical issues. You and I are having a regular meeting and the frequency of these meetings indicates our sincere intentions to find mutually beneficial solutions, fill the bilateral agenda with concrete deeds and projects that will work for the benefit of our nations. I am also glad that there is good dynamics of cooperation with practically all the regions of Russia,” he stressed.

During a recent meeting in Moscow on 22 April the heads of state sketched out a future movement trajectory, Roman Golovchenko noted. “The schedule of forthcoming Belarusian-Russian high-level events has been presented. A Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia will take place in summer. It is a traditional event, very important for bolstering interregional cooperation. After the forum of regions we intend to arrange a session of the Council of Ministers of the Union State of Belarus and Russia in anticipation of a session of the Supreme State Council, which is scheduled for autumn. We should organize our work bearing this schedule in mind – intensive but doable,” he pointed out.

According to the prime minister, there are plans to step up contacts in the sphere of development and creation of electronic components. “Visits of the relevant specialists have been exchanged. We hope OAO Integral and other manufacturers of equipment for microchips will become fully involved in manufacturing and R&D cooperation schemes with Russian partners,” Roman Golovchenko concluded.