MINSK, 27 May (BelTA) – Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko and Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee, CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev have discussed the forthcoming session of the CIS Heads of Government Council, which will take place in Minsk on 28 May, BelTA has learned.
Roman Golovchenko said: “Our meeting is taking place on the eve of an important event – a session of the CIS Heads of Government Council. We are intent on discussing all the priorities of Belarus' presidency over the Commonwealth of Independent States and the critical tasks that all the CIS states face. There are various integration formats – the Union State of Belarus and Russia, the Eurasian Economic Union, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The countries that participate in various integration associations face the same challenges and problems: the minimization of restrictions and exemptions in mutual trade, the enhancement of stability of the economies to external shocks, the ensuring of economic security, and the harmonization of government procurement procedures. We intend to discuss all these matters in detail and thoroughly.”
The prime minister noted that the Moldovan delegation will not able to fully participate in the forthcoming session. “It is a consequence of the absolutely incomprehensible and unnatural events relating to contrived flight restrictions. Our Moldovan partners have suffered due to this policy of European countries. Nevertheless, Moldova will be represented by the ambassador. So, information about our stance and the matters that were discussed will be passed on,” he noted.
“It will be the first time in the last 12 months that an offline session of the CIS Heads of Government Council takes place,” Sergei Lebedev pointed out. “There is a desire to talk face to face, discuss pressing problems. There is a readiness to find solutions.”
Sergei Lebedev stressed that all the matters the CIS heads of government will have to look into had been prepared well. Considerable preparations have been done in anticipation of the session. “I hope it will be a constructive session and all the documents on the agenda will be signed,” he concluded.