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2019 described as most intensive year for Belarus-Russia integration

Politics 20.11.2019 | 15:36
Grigory Rapota. An archive photo
Grigory Rapota. An archive photo

MOSCOW, 20 November (BelTA) – The year 2019 has been most intensive for Belarusian-Russian integration, BelTA learned from State Secretary of the Union State of Belarus and Russia Grigory Rapota in Moscow on 20 November on the sidelines of the expert and media forum The Union State 2030 – Trajectory of the Future.

Grigory Rapota said: “More efforts have been poured this year into implementing the 1999 Union State Foundation Treaty. Ministries and government agencies have worked on various clauses of the treaty, primarily those concerning matters of economy and industrial policy this year. They've actively worked on reaching an agreement on ways to move forward.”

Speaking about the session of the Council of Ministers of the Union State of Belarus and Russia and negotiations of the Belarusian and Russian prime ministers involving representatives of ministries and government agencies on 19 November, Grigory Rapota noted that evaluating the roadmaps on tighter integration was the main goal. “Something needs to be already adopted. Something needs to be stipulated as a matter of agreement. Differences of opinion and possible alternatives for fixing them need to be specified more clearly. It is actually what our prime ministers, representatives of ministries and government agencies did for nearly seven hours and a half,” the official added.

The expert and media forum The Union State 2030 – Trajectory of the Future is taking place in Moscow on 20-21 December. It has been organized by the Standing Committee of the Union State of Belarus and Russia. The event gathered experts, political analysts, sociologists, heads of mass media, scientists, representatives of technology parks and research institutes, representatives of youth public and scientific organizations from Belarus and Russia. The first day of the forum is dedicated to potential models of development of the Union State of Belarus and Russia and integration strategies in the sphere of information. The second day will feature panel sessions on innovative technologies for accomplishing Union State goals and the participation of young people in humanitarian cooperation. Apart from that, a special session timed to the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 will be held.

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