MINSK, 28 October (BelTA) - National interests are the main priorities of the presidents of Belarus and Russia, said Chairwoman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia Valentina Matviyenko as he met with Chairperson of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Natalya Kochanova on 28 October, BelTA has learned.
“We have talked a lot about the values of our inter-parliamentary structure. One of such values is an opportunity of bilateral contacts, an opportunity to discuss bilateral relations and inter-parliamentary cooperation with certain states. Natalya Ivanovna [Kochanova], I would like to thank you personally for your attention to the work of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly and very active participation of the MPs and senators of Belarus. Everyone works very responsibly, seriously and proactively in committees, other structures and formats. It is an opportunity to adopt the best practices of the Belarusian parliament and to share experience with other parliaments,” Valentina Matviyenko said.
In her words, steady harmonization of the legislations of the two countries helps create legal conditions for the development of cooperation in all the areas. “As for the Belarusian-Russian relations, I could talk about them a lot and for a long time. Thank God that they are actively developing today. All this is thanks to the will of the leaders of our states, their personal trusting relations, their common vision of the development of the Union State, the international situation and world politics in general. The implementation of the 28 Union State programs signed by the heads of state is the core of our integration, which will make it possible to develop our cooperation on a larger scale and more widely, to harmonize it in the interests of our countries and peoples. What distinguishes our leaders is the fact that their main priorities are national interests. These are the interests of people, the interests of economic development. Further construction of the Union State gives a big cumulative effect, multiplying our potential and possibilities and giving more powerful development,” the speaker of the Federation Council said.
The meeting took place on the sidelines of the IPA CIS autumn session in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.