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21 Sep 2018

Rumas, Medvedev meet in Sochi

Rumas, Medvedev meet in Sochi

SOCHI, 21 September (BelTA) – Belarusian Prime Minister Sergei Rumas has met with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Sochi, BelTA has learned.

“I appreciate that you have found time today for this meeting where we can continue the discussion started during our phone talks. Our deputies have been working on the issues within the scope of their authority. Your proposal about a high-level group that should coordinate all issues is being implemented. Igor Petrishenko reported to me that the group is already operational. The new Russian Ambassador to Belarus, Mikhail Babich, has also joined the efforts already,” the Belarusian head of government said.

Sergei Rumas suggested comparing notes before the meeting of the presidents. “Do we understand the results of the work of our vice premiers in the right way? This could facilitate the work of the broader meeting to be attended by the heads of state,” he noted.

Dmitry Medvedev said that during the negotiations in Sochi the parties are to discuss both current projects and prospects of Belarus-Russia relations. According to him, the bilateral cooperation is overall not bad. He pointed to a considerable rise in the bilateral trade in 2017 and in 2018. Both Belarus and Russia increased their supplies.

“There are issues that always arise, including in energy cooperation and other areas,” the Russian head of government added. Dmitry Medvedev congratulated Sergei Rumas again on his appointment as Belarusian Premier and wished him success in his work.

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