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26 November 2020, 11:09

Further cooperation in Union State of Belarus and Russia discussed in Minsk

Roman Golovchenko during the meeting
Roman Golovchenko during the meeting

MINSK, 26 November (BelTA) - Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko and State Secretary of the Union State of Belarus and Russia Grigory Rapota discussed further cooperation at the meeting in Minsk on 26 November, BelTA has learned.

"We have a long list of issues that need to be discussed. This is the cooperation within the Union State, the development of trade and economic cooperation. You have a great amount of powers, and I am very pleased that the Union State has recently received a new impetus," the head of the Belarusian government said.

Roman Golovchenko noted that due to the epidemiological situation the Council of Ministers of the Union State will most likely postpone their meeting this year. "But we need to determine when we hold the next meeting. We are pleased that a high-level group is actively working and addressed a very wide range of issues at their recent meeting. As far as I know, the group is going to meet this year, so I would like to hear how you assess their work. We also need to consider the budget of the Union State for the next year and its execution this year. In general, I want to hear your recommendations, the things that should be carefully worked on in the near future,” the Belarusian prime minister noted.

State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota stressed that there are a lot of issues for discussion. "This is why such meetings are necessary, otherwise the whole process will simply be delayed," he said.

Grigory Rapota informed the prime minister about the agenda and the issues currently under consideration. "Indeed, the high-level group has met recently, and another meeting will be held in December. Of course, everything that can be solved by the group will be. We held these meetings via teleconferencing. We have gotten used to this format. It works well as you can bring together any number of participants," Grigory Rapota said.

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