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27 March 2023, 17:03

PM: Interregional cooperation helped achieve a record high trade with Russia

MINSK, 27 March (BelTA) – Interregional cooperation has helped achieve a record high trade with the Russian Federation, Belarus' Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said at the meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Union State of Belarus and Russia in Moscow on 27 March, BelTA has learned.

The Belarusian side approached the implementation of the Union State programs with due diligence and determination, Roman Golovchenko noted. “During the joint work, almost 75% of all tasks were fulfilled and eight programs were fully implemented,” he said. “The package of integration documents adopted in 2021 was absolutely relevant and everybody has already understood it. Some issues remain unresolved but we find solutions using all available tools. More than a year has passed since the previous meeting of the Union State Council of Ministers, and the interaction has been maintained at a high organizational level,” Roman Golovchenko said.

In 2022, 42 regulations, 3 resolutions and one directive were adopted, the prime minister said. “Among them was a decision to de-bureaucratize the process to adopt programs and projects of the Union State. This document was also designed to remove restrictions related to the implementation of projects that are financed from the Union State budget. It helped increase efficiency across all areas of cooperation. The leaders of our countries set a high pace, they keep in touch all the time. The result of such consistent and dedicated work is obvious. The record high trade is the outcome of our joint efforts,” the Belarusian head of government added.

Interregional cooperation also played an important role in this, he noted. “In 2022, more than a hundred delegations of various levels from Russian regions visited Belarus. Belarusian delegations paid about the same number of visits to Russian regions,” said Roman Golovchenko.

He added that he tries to travel to Russian regions as often as possible and invited Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin to pay another visit to Belarus.

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