President signs budget of Belarus-Russia Union State for 2018

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President signs budget of Belarus-Russia Union State for 2018

The list of issues and the timing of the Supreme State Council were discussed on March 12 by Alexander Lukashenko and State Secretary of the Belarus-Russia Union State Grigory Rapota.

The President proposed holding a meeting of the Supreme State Council in Belarus after the presidential elections in Russia.  First of all, the sides should focus is on the military-political sphere and economic cooperation. Now the relevant issues and agenda should be worked out in detail by the governments and departments of the two countries.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus: 
There are a number of issues that we should seriously discuss, starting from internal problems in the two states. In Russia, of course, more actively processes are going on, more than ever, naturally, presidential elections, which always activate society, not to mention the elites. In Belarus, we also observe and feel this pulse. All this does affect Belarus. But, to our joy, it affects us positively. Because not only the society is becoming more active on the eve of the presidential elections, but also economy. And since our economies are closely connected, the connection is very tight, naturally, this is positive for Belarus. The main thing is to support this pace after the elections. I think we will be able to do this.

There are a number of issues that we should seriously discuss after the presidential elections, analyzing the situation. This pertains to military-political and economic cooperation between the two states. I think that the format of the Union State is suitable for this. Therefore, we should discuss with you what topical issues we will bring to the Supreme State Council, and talk about when we can approximately hold the Supreme State Council.

We all agree in Belarus that if the newly elected President of Russia gets to visit Belarus and simultaneously holds a meeting of the Supreme State Council, it would be good. Therefore, we need to discuss this issue with you, and then we will offer the new President to hold such a meeting in Minsk and hold it in the framework of the session of the Supreme State Council.



Grigory Rapota, State Secretary of the Belarus-Russia Union State:
Many questions have accumulated, it is natural. Because we all do work together. When I say "we", I mean the Russian side and the Belarusian side, all the institutions of the Union State. The agenda of the Council of Ministers has been formed, the agenda of the Supreme State Council has been formed.

On March 12, the Chairman of the Supreme State Council of the Union State, the President of Belarus signed the budget of the Union State for 2018. Last time the most important issues facing the integration association were discussed in Moscow. Back then the sides brought up engineering and agriculture matters.