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21 January 2021, 20:01

No definite dates for sessions of supreme Belarus-Russia Union State bodies yet

Grigory Rapota. An archive photo
Grigory Rapota. An archive photo

MOSCOW, 21 January (BelTA) – Dates of the next sessions of the Supreme State Council of the Union State of Belarus and Russia and the Council of Ministers of the Union State of Belarus and Russia have not been determined yet, however, all the necessary matters are being addressed routinely. State Secretary of the Union State of Belarus and Russia Grigory Rapota made the relevant statement after a session of the High-Level Group of the Council of Ministers of the Union State of Belarus and Russia on 21 January, BelTA has learned.

The official said: “No dates have been specified so far. We've raised the issue and will look forward to an answer. As for the High-Level Group, we intend to meet in two months.”

Speaking about the agendas of the sessions of the Supreme State Council and the Council of Ministers, the official noted that the items for discussion were ready. “We are absolutely clear on the agenda. The agenda is always ready, at any moment, it changes all the time, but it does exist,” he explained. “If a session of the Supreme State Council is declared tomorrow or in a month, or in two months, we'll have a ready agenda for it. The same applies to the Council of Ministers. We make decisions routinely on the matters that require an immediate solution. We resolved 30 such matters within the framework of the Council of Ministers last year. It means the working bodies of the Union State of Belarus and Russia work rhythmically.”

Grigory Rapota added that ten matters concerning the operation of the Union State of Belarus and Russia were resolved routinely at the level of the presidents of Belarus and Russia in 2020.

The session was hosted by the co-chairmen of the High-Level Group: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Russia Vladimir Semashko, who is vested with the authority of a deputy prime minister, and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksei Overchuk. State Secretary of the Union State of Belarus and Russia Grigory Rapota, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Dmitry Mezentsev, Executive Secretary of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia Sergei Strelchenko, heads of industry-specific Belarusian and Russian ministries, and representatives of the Standing Committee of the Union State of Belarus and Russia took part in the session.

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