‘Not on the agenda’ – Kremlin spokesman about Russia-Belarus uniting

Russia’ and Belarus’ uniting into one country after 2024 is currently not being discussed, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

According to him, no talks are being held on this subject. When asked about Vladimir Putin’s allegedly ruling the would-be Russia-Belarus state after his current term of office comes to an end, he answered that the ‘topic formulated in such a way was not on the agenda’.

“Belarus is our brotherly [nation], our closest allied and strategic partner. Belarus is our ally with a capital A,” Peskov stressed.

Commenting on plans to deepen the integration, Putin’s press secretary said that they were included in the agreements that constitute the legal basis of the Union State of Belarus and Russia.

Kommersant: Kremlin raises question of integration with Belarus

On December 11, Russian-Belarusian negotiations on compensation for losses from tax maneuvers and gas discounts were thwarted in Moscow. On December 11, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak refused to discuss these issues with the Belarusian delegation ‘until fundamental decisions are taken on the further integration of Russia and Belarus within the framework of the Union State’. Two days later, at a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Union State, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that a common policy in the sphere of prices and tariffs is possible only if the agreement on the Union State is implemented, which many perceived as a threat to the country’s sovereignty. It is about creating a single emission center, common customs, courts and clearing houses.

On December 14, Alyaksandr Lukashenka gave a press conference to the Russian media, where he stated that Belarus would never give up its sovereignty. “If they want to, as Zhirinovsky proposed, to divide us into regions and shove into Russia, this will never happen,” he stressed.

belsat.eu following PAP