MOSCOW, 7 December (BelTA) - The immediate tasks for the Union State of Belarus and Russia are the development of single markets, elimination of remaining barriers, and provision of equal social guarantees for Belarusians and Russians, Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Dmitry Krutoi said at the media forum “Belarus-Russia: Equal Union, Common History, Shared Future” timed to the 23rd anniversary of the Union State Treaty, BelTA has learned.
“The further goal of integration remains unchanged, which is the growth of welfare of our citizens. I will highlight three key areas of work for the Union State at the new stage. The first one is the creation of common markets in industry, construction, agriculture and transport. These are four key sectors. The second one is the removal of all barriers in domestic trade. The third one is the convergence of social guarantees - from healthcare and education to pensions and social benefits. We still have a huge amount of work to do here,” Dmitry Krutoi stressed.
“The tools are also clear: these are import substitution and support of national producers with a gradual rejection of parallel imports. This is a forced measure amid unprecedented pressure on our economies, but gradually (there is an agreement) we will be moving away from it. The second one is science and technological sovereignty. The third one is an independent financial and payment system. I do not think we even need to comment on the importance of this area. The fourth one is the new logistics with the reorientation of transport flows. This includes the abolition of the permit system and cabotage for road carriers, increasing the capacity of major transport corridors (especially the port infrastructure), and a special tariff policy to support transport workers of the two countries,” the ambassador said.