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15 April 2022, 12:46

Call for new Belarus-Russia Union State development strategy

MINSK, 15 April (BelTA) – It is necessary to work out a new strategy of development of the Union State of Belarus and Russia taking into account current circumstances. Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko made the statement as he met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Boris Gryzlov on 15 April, BelTA has learned.

Vladimir Andreichenko said: “A very good foundation has been created – 28 Union State programs approved by the Supreme State Council in November 2021. It is particularly important for us to look into tomorrow. The president of our country also talked about it during a recent visit to the Russian Federation. He noted that today we have to work out a new strategy of development of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, a long-term strategy taking into account the current circumstances. And certainly members of the parliament play an important role in it. We understand that we should not stay away from this matter. This is why we increased the number of commissions at a recent session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia. As you remember, you and we created eight commissions once. Twelve commissions will work now. Increasing the level of involvement of MPs in Union State development is the goal.”

In his words, a lot of work will have to be done to realign the national legislations. “We will have to rework about 400 bills. The work has already begun and the House of Representatives has already ratified some. Those focus on harmonization, unification of customs legislation, the monetary management policy, and cooperation in oil affairs. Certainly, we should organize work in a way in order to synchronously ratify these laws at the national levels later on,” the speaker of the lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament noted.

Vladimir Andreichenko stressed that Belarus and Russia support each other in the international scene. “The last two sessions in the Inter-Parliamentary Union demonstrated it. You know that attempts were also made to lobby anti-Russian and anti-Belarusian resolutions over there. And thanks to these concerted actions we prevented the adoption of this resolution,” he added. “There are many other issues we have to work on including in the area of the common industrial policy and in cultural affairs. This year we would like to organize an international conference dedicated to the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. This is why we will also be glad to see you and representatives of the Russian Federation as a whole. We expect active assistance and support on the part of the embassy of the Russian Federation and you personally in all the matters we have to deal with.”

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