Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus said that the deepening of the integration of Belarus and Russia would not go beyond the limits of the Union Treaty of 1999, but this document, among other things, suggests a single currency, a single parliament, symbols and a single regulation.
During the briefing on September 20, Foreign Ministry spokesman Anatol Hlaz said that the excitement around the deepening of integration of Belarus and Russia was created completely out of place and there was no actual reason for it.
“I would like to recall once again the full name of the document — the Programme of Action of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation for the implementation of the provisions of the Treaty on the Establishment of the Union State. It is in this title that its meaning lies. Nothing that goes beyond the limits of the 1999 Treaty of the Union State can be there,” he said.
At the same time, the 1999 treaty between Belarus and Russia provides, among other things, for the establishment of a common parliament, a Council of Ministers and a court. The Union State should also have its own coat of arms, flag, anthem, and single currency.
In addition, the union of the two countries should have a single monetary, currency, tax and price policy, common rules of competition and consumer protection, joint transport and energy systems, a single trade and customs tariff policy, a single legislation on foreign investment and other functions.