MINSK, 11 February (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko commented on the prospects of integration with Russia as he spoke at the 6th Belarusian People's Congress on 11 February, BelTA has learned.
“We can see significant development of cooperative ties through wider participation of domestic producers in the implementation of Russia's national projects. Today we openly declare our readiness for further substantive work to enhance inter-industry cooperation within the framework of the Union State while respecting mutual interests on the basis of equality of the two Union State members,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.
The head of state stressed that this process implies complete preservation of the sovereignty of both countries without the development of any new supranational bodies. “The whole system of the Union State bodies has been created, and it is viable, it cannot be scrapped. That is the answer. Let us go this way and see what our people will say. Maybe they will say that this integration is not enough and suggest moving on. We however cannot jump over stages, cannot overstrain the situation both in Russia and Belarus,” said the Belarusian leader. Aleksandr Lukashenko believes that in this format it is possible to make huge steps towards integration with Russia.