Today, prime ministers of the CIS‘ member countries meet in Minsk to discuss further integration within the Common Economic Space. For Belarus, the most important event is the visit of Vladimir Putin, who will meet with President Lukashenko to continue talks on Russia’s economic aid to Belarus in the form of loans, as it was announced by the Russian Finance Minister Alexey Kudrin on May 17th. Belarusian authorities have asked Russia for a $1 billion credit and Eurasian Economic Community for additional $2 billion. Belarus is in dire need for immediat loans in order to stabilize the foreign exchange market.
Also today, there are scheduled meetings of prime ministers of the CIS countries, the Intergovernmental Council of the Eurasian Economic Community and the supreme authority of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. The meetings will be also attended by the prime ministers of Armenia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and deputy prime ministers of Moldova, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.
One of the key topics will be peaceful use of nuclear energy. The summit takes place in the building of the National Library in Minsk.