Entire integration package to be approved in 2-3 days – Belarus Deputy PM

The Belarusian-Russian integration package has been almost entirely agreed upon, Belarusian First Deputy Prime Minister Dzmitry Krutoy said at Monday’s reception at the Russian embassy in Minsk.

According to him, only a few issues remain unadressed, and the solutions are expected to be found within the next two or three days.

“We will select the time for our leaders to sign it [integration package] or initial it. Certainly, it will give an absolutely unprecedented new impulse to the advancement of our relations. Primarily economic ones,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes the top official.

The Belarusian-Russian dialogue is primarily focused on economic affairs, Dzmitry Krutoy reiterated. Political issues are not on the agenda, he added.

On December 7, Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka failed to make any comment on the integration talks they had held in Sochi; officials and diplomats confined themselves to vague generalities.

On December 20, after the meeting of leaders of the two countries in St. Petersburg. Russia’s Economic Development Minister Maxim Oreshkin stated that Minsk and Moscow had three areas left to agree upon. He specified that the uncoordinated issues concern oil, gas and tax areas.

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