Integration issues? Lukashenka, Putin to meet in Sochi this week

A meeting of the heads of Belarus and Russia will be held on December, 7 in Sochi, Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s press-secretary Natallya Eysmant said on Tuesday.

As reported earlier, Belarusian Prime Minister Syarhei Rumas and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev will meet in Sochi on December, 6.

The two events are about to take place in the run-up to the much-talked-about signing a new agreement on deepening Belarus-Russia integration which was announced to happen by December, 8.

Last week, Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Uladzimir Syamashka said that the Prime Ministers had agreed on 20 integration road maps out of 31. At the same time, it is necessary to consider the issues that can only be resolved by the leaders of the countries. In particular, the gas prices next year, as well as the energy maps have not been agreed upon.

Syamashka also said that Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin had agreed to create a common government and parliament. Later, Moscow said that the ambassador’s words did not correspond to reality and were allegedly taken out of context.

In late September, Anatol Hlaz, 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. However, it should be noted that this document, among other things, suggests a single currency, a single parliament, a Council of Ministers, a court and symbols. 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.

In late October, Syarhei Rumas said that the Belarus-Russia integration program would soon be prepared and handed over to the leaders of the two countries. However, the Belarusian authorities are not going to make public the program signed by the two prime ministers in early September in order to prevent ‘manipulations’.

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