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Belarus, Russia to prepare Union State integration action program by 21 June

Politics 24.05.2019 | 17:02
Sergei Rumas and Dmitry Medvedev
Sergei Rumas and Dmitry Medvedev

MOSCOW, 24 May (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia have agreed to prepare an action program on integration in the Union State of Belarus and Russia by 21 June. Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Rumas made the relevant statement after meeting with Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev on 24 May, BelTA has learned.

Sergei Rumas said: “We've reached an agreement and have instructed the heads of our joint working group [Russian Economic Development Minister Maksim] Oreshkin and [Belarusian Economy Minister Igor] Krutoi to spearhead the work with all the government agencies and reconcile the views we fail to agree on in order to put together a consolidated document by 21 June, preferably with as few differences of opinion as possible, and submit it for consideration of the heads of government.”

In his words, negotiations with Dmitry Medvedev touched upon a broad economic agenda of the bilateral relations. Discussing proposals on further advancing the integration was the main goal. The Russian side had previously submitted its proposals to the Belarusian side. Belarus' proposals had also been forwarded to Russia. “Today the main goal of our negotiations was to take another look at the differing provisions in the Belarusian and Russian drafts. We have similar views on most of the things concerning further advancement of integration. We are already working on most of these matters within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union but taking into account the mutual will and views of the two countries, we could do this work faster within the framework of the Union State of Belarus and Russia,” Sergei Rumas said.

The sides have different views on roughly 30% of the provisions. Complicated matters, on which the sides hold different views for now, were discussed during the talks.

Asked to clarify, Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Rumas explained that the action program on integration does not mention substandard oil for now. Although the prime ministers touched upon the matter during today's talks, the problem will be discussed another time. The roadmap on removing poor-quality Russian oil from the Belarusian territory was finalized in Moscow on 23 May.

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