MOSCOW, 17 February (BelTA) – The Union State programs with Russia, and there are 28 of them, have been fulfilled by 80%, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on 17 February, BelTA has learned.
"We are making headway; we are doing everything to overcome the barriers that are artificially created for us. I'm not talking about food. We have ensured food security. I'm not talking about clothes. We manufacture these products across the board. Therefore, the positive changes are huge. We will have something to say to the peoples of Belarus and Russia at the Supreme State Council meeting," the Belarusian leader said.
In turn, Vladimir Putin, reacting to what was said, stressed: "Well, not only to say, but, I think, to outline, together with our governments, ways for further development."
"Indeed. The 28 programs that we have outlined with you, have already been fulfilled by about 80%,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “As you noted in St. Petersburg, it is mostly humanitarian issues that are yet to be addressed. In terms of customs and tax matters, we have adopted laws.”
"Key points have been resolved," the Russian president agreed.
"Indeed, the key matters have been settled," the Belarusian head of state concurred.
In this regard, Vladimir Putin expressed confidence that all this "will make our economies even more competitive.”