MINSK, 19 December (BelTA) - There are no unsolvable issues between Moscow and Minsk, including the gas price, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksei Overchuk told the media before the start of the highest-level talks between Belarus and Russia in the Palace of Independence on 19 December, BelTA has learned.
A representative Russian delegation has arrived in the Belarusian capital to participate in the negotiations. According to the deputy chairman of the government, the reason is the unique format of the Union State: “We have a Union State, after all. We do not have such a format with anyone else.”
As for the agenda and possible fateful decisions, Aleksei Overchuk said: “We are going to discuss the implementation of the Union State programs, among other things. Of course, we will take a look at new Union State programs.”
“There are no big problems. There are usual issues to address,” he added. According to him, there are no unsolvable issues between the countries, “we can agree on everything, even on the gas price”.
“We have a Union State program to set up a common gas market. We have been in talks with our counterparts [from Belarus]. We have made our positions very close. There is however a point that requires the attention of the heads of state. Minsk traditionally wants the price to be close to the Russian regions that border Belarus,” said Aleksei Overchuk.