MOSCOW, 6 May (BelTA) - Work on the 28 Union State programs, approved by the presidents of Belarus and Russia last year, is in full swing. Most of them should be finalized by 1 July 2022, Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Semashko told the media after a ceremony to lay a wreath from the Embassy of Belarus at the Eternal Flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on 6 May, BelTA has learned.
The ambassador recalled that the heads of state also approved the program for further implementation of the Union State Treaty through 2024. “We have three years to develop the material basis of the Union State. We have already done a lot to address social issues. We have no borders. We have a common international and defense policy. As for the economic base, it has not taken shape yet,” he said.
“The common economic base of the Union State will be developed through the implementation of 28 Union State programs, which involve the creation of common markets of gas, oil, and transport, the unification of financial, tax and customs sectors and so on,” said Vladimir Semashko. “The work is in full swing. More than half of these programs, or rather their contents, should be finalized by 1 July 2022. This means that we will understand what, for example, the gas market will be like, and under what conditions it will work. The clear objective for us is to have a gas price for Belarus that would be very similar to that for Smolensk, Pskov, or Veliky Novgorod. The same pertains to oil and so on.”
“The work on the contents of these Union State programs is underway. Most of them should be ready by 1 July 2022 and in the second half of the year we should work under new conditions. More complicated issues, like the unification of tax and customs legislation and so on, will be implemented by next year,” the diplomat said.
The parties have a lot of work to do. “According to expert estimates, about 400 documents have to be adopted. These are documents of different levels, intergovernmental and interstate agreements, changes in the legal framework of Belarus and Russia,” said Vladimir Semashko.
“After doing all this, we will really start working as a single market and single economic space on 1 January 2024,” the ambassador said.