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Lukashenko and Medvedev meet in Moscow

MOSCOW, 25 November (BelTA) – The meeting of the Presidents of Belarus and Russia Alexander Lukashenko and Dmitry Medvedev has begun in Moscow, BelTA has learned.

Traditionally the bilateral meeting takes place before the summit of the Supreme State Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State. The Presidents are expected to discuss bilateral trade and economic cooperation, the prospects of interaction in integration associations and energy sector, some other important issues.

This is the forth meeting of the two Presidents in six months. The heads of state held meetings during the CSTO informal summit in Astana, in Sochi, and as part of the trilateral negotiations with the participation of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Moscow a week ago.

In January-September 2011 the Belarusian-Russian bilateral trade exceeded the 2010 figure to reach $28 billion. Russia accounted for almost 45% of the whole trade with Belarus. Top Belarus’ exports were milk and dairy products, freight vehicles and cars, meat products, tractors, tyres, furniture, agricultural equipment. Moscow accounted for nearly 20% of all exports. Belarus also shipped goods to Moscow Oblast, St. Petersburg, Smolensk, Kemerovo and Bryansk oblasts, Tatarstan, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Krasnodai Krai and Sverdlovsk Oblast. Main imports from Russia in January-September were oil and oil products, natural gas. About 48% of goods were imported from Tyumen Oblast. Other Belarus’ partners were Moscow, Bashkortostan, Moscow Oblast, Udmurtiya, Perm Krai, St. Petersburg, Tatarstan, Vologda Oblast and the Komi Republic.