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4 Apr 2017

Supreme State Council of Union State to consider ways to boost industrial cooperation

MINSK, 4 April (BelTA) – The Supreme State Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State will consider ways to strengthen the cooperation in industry and agriculture, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei told reporters on 4 April, BelTA has learned.

“The Supreme State Council will convene in the near future to discuss at least two major issues related to the preservation of the mechanical engineering industry of the Union State and the development of the cooperation in industry and agriculture,” the minister said.

Vladimir Makei emphasized that these are issues of critical importance, since at some point both Belarus and Russia made decisions that impede further strengthening of the ties. “The Supreme State Council will have a substantive, serious and frank discussion about the ways to intensify the cooperation in these areas in order to eliminate the current misunderstandings and achieve a higher level of collaboration,” the minister emphasized. Progress in this field is of equal importance to individual enterprises of Belarus and Russia and to the countries in general as it will help them boost their trade.

All other items on the agenda of the Supreme State Council have already been thrashed out and can be discussed routinely. However, new items will be added to the agenda if necessary. As for the date of the session, it will be agreed with the Russian side and the Standing Committee of the Union State in the near future.

The decision to hold a session of the Supreme State Council was made during the talks between the Belarusian and Russian heads of state in Saint Petersburg on 3 April. During the meeting, the leaders reached agreement on many issues of the bilateral relations.

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