MPs expect a quick resolution of issues in Russian-Belarusian relations. This opinion sounded on February 28 in Minsk at the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Russia and Belarus.
It discussed foreign policy, particularly the results of the winter session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and joint cooperation. The MPs also touched upon the issues of creating a legal framework for closer economic cooperation.
Sergei Rakhmanov, Chairman of the Standing Commission on International Affairs and National Security, Council of the Republic:
We will intensify discussions in the expert community, as we have questions in this regard. The second very important issue is to strengthen regional cooperation. Since decisions are made more quickly at the regional level and the work is more active.
There are plans to intensify work with parliamentary organizations around the world, including Asia and Latin America. Of course, we are already working in Europe. And most importantly, we would like to pay attention to economic cooperation between Belarus and Russia.
Vladimir Lityushkin, member of the Federation Council's committee on federal structure, regional policy, local government and northern affairs:
This question will allow revealing the potential on the ground, which people living there know better. And this question will be resolved through the creation of new laws of the Union State, and through the appropriate use of model laws of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Lyudmila Kozlova, deputy chairwoman of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy:
Only cooperation, only mutual understanding and support to each other will turn us into an influential force. This is the aim of the Union State.
In addition, the meeting will also discuss the forthcoming Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions, which will be held for the fourth time in Moscow.