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21 December 2022, 11:37

Opinion: Belarus-Russia summit heralded closer cooperation

MINSK, 21 December (BelTA) - The landmark meeting of the leaders of the two allied states on the Belarusian soil heralded further strengthening of cooperation, Yulia Abukhovich, senior lecturer at the Department of Economic Theory and Marketing of Belarusian State Technological University, told BelTA while commenting on the negotiations between the presidents of Belarus and Russia.

"The landmark meeting of the leaders of the two allied states on the Belarusian soil heralded further strengthening of cooperation. The presidents discussed a wide range of topics, including military security issues, the situation in the world, and the allied relations. It is significant that against this background, the emphasis was placed on economic cooperation, which was declared as an unconditional priority. It is here that the Union State is expected to make the greatest progress," Yulia Abukhovich said.

According to her, it is obvious that the parties came to this meeting in a very amiable and constructive mood. “Today there are no visible problems in the relations between Belarus and Russia in the economic sector, as if there were no numerous trade and economic wars, the last of which was some two years ago. The talks were fully focused on cooperation, joint import substitution effort, the technological sovereignty of the Union State, avoidance of mutual competition and parallel industries,” the expert said.

As part of the Union State the two countries made considerable progress compared to the EAEU: they are working on the common agricultural and industrial policy and came close to the formation of common energy markets.

“It is also worth remembering that there are no closed topics for dialogue between our countries: the two states work actively in the military-technical and military-political sectors, including the strategic level of international security,” Yulia Abukhovich said.

“Despite of the external pressure and aggravating negative developments in the global economy, our countries have found new opportunities for economic development and have further strengthened their allied relations,” she stressed.

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