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Myasnikovich, Medvedev meet in Yalta

YALTA, 28 September (BelTA) – Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich has met with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Yalta on 28 September, BelTA has learnt.

The heads of government discussed terms and prospects of the trade and economic cooperation in the bilateral format and within the framework of integration unions.

Mikhail Myasnikovich noted that Belarus values the existing level of relations between the two countries and the governments. He emphasized the great importance of the decisions that will be implemented in the forthcoming 10-15 years. “With all my respect to the EurAsEC and the CIS, our bilateral relations have advanced somewhat further. We have set the pace,” he said.

The Premier of Belarus pointed to the increase in the bilateral trade. This year it rose by 18%. “The trade was big enough last year, too. The Belarusian export to the Russian Federation is a bit smaller. However, the agreements signed within the framework of the Single Economic Space provide reserves and opportunities for the further expansion of the bilateral trade and setting up joint ventures that could operate as transnational companies,” Mikhail Myasnikovich said.

Dmitry Medvedev pointed to the historically high level of cooperation between Belarus and Russia. “This can be attributed to the integration in the SES and intensified interstate and economic relations between our countries. Over the last 1-1.5 years we have made considerable progress here,” he said. Although the countries used to have some disagreements before, this is all history now, the Premier added. “I am ready to discuss all the matters related to the Belarus-Russia cooperation,” Dmitry Medvedev said.

The Russian Premier also congratulated Mikhail Myasnikovich on the fact that another regular session of the CIS Council of Heads of Government will be held in Minsk in 2013.