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Lukashenko arrives in Russia on a working visit

President 10.10.2017 | 18:01

SOCHI, 10 October (BelTA) - Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko arrived in Russia on a working visit to participate in the meetings of the CIS Council of Heads of State and the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, BelTA has learned.

At the international airport of Sochi the Belarusian president was welcomed by Governor of Krasnodar Krai Veniamin Kondratyev, Mayor of Sochi Anatoly Pakhomov, and director of the state protocol department at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Igor Bogdashev.

On 11 October Alexander Lukashenko will take part in the session of the CIS Council of Heads of State. The agenda of the meeting includes 17 issues. The focus will be on the ways to bolster cooperation in the CIS, to improve the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly and adapt it to the modern realities. The heads of state plan to approve the redistribution of powers between the bodies of the organization. A separate set of issue will relate to the activities of law enforcement agencies.

On the same day Sochi will host a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. The EAEU leaders will examine 16 issues, including the implementation of the digital agenda of the Eurasian Economic Union, the guidelines of international activities and the domestic procedures necessary for the Treaty on the Customs Code to come into force.

At the summits in Sochi Alexander Lukashenko will lay out Belarus' approaches to the development of these organizations.

On 10 October Sochi played host to the meeting of the CIS Foreign Ministers Council. According to Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei, the meeting was held in a busy, positive, lively and friendly atmosphere. The ministers shared opinions on the international agenda, informed each other about the current situations in their countries and approved the documents to be submitted for consideration to the CIS Heads of State Council.

“Yes, some things are being done, but, unfortunately, we sometimes pay more attention to technical and organizational matters. This is why we encouraged the colleagues to focus on the real deal, to pay more attention to the economic component of the Commonwealth of Independent States, which is an absolute priority for all the member states,” said Vladimir Makei.

The humanitarian agenda was also discussed during the session, including interaction in youth policy, sport, and tourism. Important decisions were made on cooperation in the fight against corruption and terrorism. The diplomats also discussed the distribution of official positions between various countries in line with their quotas. As part of the efforts to adapt the CIS to modern reality participants of the session decided in favor of redistributing the authority between the councils of the heads of state, heads of government, and ministers of foreign affairs.

The foreign ministers approved the draft documents, which will be reviewed by the CIS Council of Heads of State on 11 October.

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