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26 December 2018, 09:05

Presidents of Belarus, Russia reconcile positions, agree to meet again before 2019

Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin
Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW, 26 December (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia have reconciled their stances across all the matters. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have agreed to meet again before the New Year, BelTA has learned from Spokesperson of the Belarusian head of state Natalia Eismont.

“The recent talks can be called constructive. The presidents have discussed the entire spectrum of the bilateral agenda. Assessing the trade and economic cooperation, they welcomed the growth in bilateral trade. Other important issues on the agenda included prices for gas, the operation of the Belarusian oil refining sector amidst Russia's tax maneuver, and supplies of Belarusian foodstuffs to the Russian market. The parties managed to reconcile positions across all the issues,” the spokesperson said.

Apart from that, the presidents scrutinized the Union State agreements and their implementation. “They admitted that the two countries lag behind in fulfilling several provisions of the agreements. They announced plans to intensify these processes (this pertains, for example, to the common and agreed manufacturing policy),” Natalia Eismont said.

“As a result, the heads of state agreed to hold another meeting before the New Year to make decisions on some urgent issues. First of all, this has to do with the intention of the Russian president to come to grips with the issues in order to find a solution. The date of the meeting will be agreed upon later taking into account the schedules of the heads of state,” the spokesperson said.

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