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08 September 2022, 17:46

Opinion: Belarus, Russia have made great progress in economic integration

Tatiana Runets. An archive photo
Tatiana Runets. An archive photo

MINSK, 8 September (BelTA) - Chairwoman of the Standing Commission on Economy, Budget and Finance of the Council of the Republic Tatiana Runets met with Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Galina Karelova at the 14th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament, making part of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, BelTA learned from the press service of the upper house of parliament.

The senators discussed bilateral cooperation, including economy, trade, industrial cooperation, education, youth policy, and also paid special attention to inter-parliamentary cooperation.

“Belarus and Russia are allies. Our peoples share centuries-old history and are united by friendship, spiritual and cultural values. We highly value open and trustful relations at the highest levels. Our unity is based on mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation. We have made great progress in economic integration. An impetus to the Union State development was given by the adoption of 28 programs. I believe that in view of the need to protect mutual interests of Belarus and Russia in relations with the West, we should consider accelerating their implementation. I am confident that the cooperation between our countries will continue and will bring only positive results,” Tatiana Runets said.

Particular attention was paid to interaction within the framework of the women's agenda. Tatiana Runets voiced the interest in cooperation with the Eurasian Women's Forum Council and its partner organizations.

“Belarus and Russia have always been united by spiritual and moral values and traditions, and our women have contributed to their preservation and multiplication for the sake of future generations. The Belarusian Women's Union and the women's movements in Russia have a powerful human resource, which should be used to the maximum extent possible. In Belarus there are many creative women, women leaders who feel the pulse of the times, who understand the growing demand for competencies in management, business and social sector. I am confident that together we will be able to respond adequately to the global and local challenges that women face in today's turbulent world,” the MP stressed.

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