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09 December 2021, 09:46

Belarus-Russia Union State cooperation discussed

Igor Petrishenko. An archive photo
Igor Petrishenko. An archive photo

MINSK, 9 December (BelTA) – Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Petrishenko held a meeting with State Secretary of the Belarus-Russia Union State Dmitry Mezentsev on 8 December, BelTA has learned.

The parties discussed topical issues of Belarusian-Russian cooperation as part of the Union State. “As for the area I supervise, everything that is set within the framework of the Union State, including two Union State programs on tourism and unification in social and labor sector, is successfully implemented. We had begun working out appropriate approaches even before the programs were approved,” Igor Petrishenko said.

According to him, the Labor and Social Security Ministry of Belarus, at the invitation of Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, got familiar with the digital platform and studied new approaches to social protection of citizens in Russia. “This is what we will unify. The collegium of the two ministries of sports and tourism has been held in St. Petersburg. Next week the healthcare ministries are holding a joint meeting. Plans are also in place to hold joint meetings of the education and culture ministries,” the deputy prime minister said.

Igor Petrishenko also mentioned the issue of mutual recognition of certificates of vaccination against COVID-19.

The parties also discussed the situation on the Belarusian-Polish border. “It is very important for us that all those institutions that exist within the framework of the Union State constantly and systematically respond to this situation,” said Igor Petrishenko.

The participants of the meeting stressed the importance of the topic of the genocide of the Soviet people during the Great Patriotic War. “We pay close attention to this topic. Our general prosecutor's offices have been actively cooperating in the area. We need to activate and promote this topic on the Union State integration agenda in every possible way,” the deputy prime minister said.

Dmitry Mezentsev said that the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia is set to host the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus next autumn.

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