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26 October 2020, 16:49

Belarus-Russia cooperation in security viewed as consistent, effective

Photo courtesy of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia
Photo courtesy of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia

MOSCOW, 26 October (BelTA) – Cooperation between Belarus and Russia in security has been consistent and effective. The statement was made during a videoconference of the security, defense and anti-crime commission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, BelTA learned from the PA press service.

The Union State MPs continue to monitor the progress in the implementation of the priority areas and top-priority tasks for the future development of the Union State of Belarus and Russia in 2018-2022. Members of the security, defense and anti-crime commission were briefed on the progress in the implementation of the sections of the document which provide for coordinated action between the appropriate ministries and departments of Belarus and Russia in migration policy, military cooperation, interaction to protect the information resources, and public security.

“The MPs noted that the ministries and departments of Belarus and Russia have been working consistently and efficiently and have drawn up: a draft plan of joint measures to ensure the functioning of the regional grouping of troops (forces) of Belarus and Russia for 2021; a draft concept of the Union State program "Ensuring public safety at railway and air transport facilities used in transport service between Russia and Belarus"; a draft concept of the Union State program "Improving the infrastructure of the penitentiary institutions of Belarus and Russia, ensuring social and health welfare of the prison population, including improving the conditions of detention of juvenile offenders," the press service informed.

The MPs recommended that the executors of the priority areas and top-priority tasks for the future development of the Union State of Belarus and Russia in 2018-2022 should continue working together relying on the results achieved and make proposals on the draft priorities for the next period.

The participants of the meeting discussed the issues related to this year's Union State program for students of Suvorov military (Nakhimov naval) and cadet schools of Belarus and Russia. The MPs noted that the program was canceled this year over health safety reasons. The funds allocated for the program this year will be returned to the budget of the Union State. Preparations for the program in 2021 will be carried out as planned.

The videoconference featured representatives of the Union State Standing Committee, the Ministries of Defense, Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs, Border Services of Belarus and Russia, the State Security Committee of Belarus, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, the Federal Service for Technical and Export Control of the Russian Federation, the Federal Service for the Execution of Punishments of the Russian Federation, and the Operations and Analysis Center under the President of Belarus.

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