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9 Jul 2019

Lukashenko, Putin agree not to destroy Union State treaty

Lukashenko, Putin agree not to destroy Union State treaty

MINSK, 9 July (BelTA) – Russia President Vladimir Putin and I agreed not to destroy the Union State treaty, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota on 9 July, BelTA informs.

“The thing is that that President Putin and I agreed that we will not destroy the treaty. If we start doing it, we will ruin everything that has been created throughout the time. This is the first thing. The second is that the treaty has not been implemented in full. It is still relevant. Therefore, the presidents decided not to touch the treaty and just work out documents, materials (we called it the program of action concerning further integration of Belarus and Russia within the framework of the Union State treaty),” the Belarusian leader remarked.

“We have determined the framework, points, bench marks, placed flags, as hunters say, to outline the range of work. We specified things that cannot be implemented today. We answered the main question which, as you know, was discussed everywhere (I don’t know for what purpose): will Russia become part of Belarus or Belarus part of Russia or not. We answered that it makes absolutely no sense today. It makes no sense even to talk about this thing. Putin answered this question. So did I. There is no need to do it. The same about some other issues. We decided to move step by step in order to implement the provisions of the Union State treaty,” the head of state emphasized.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said that all emphases have been moved to the top-level in the Union State today. It is expected that many issues will be addressed at the level of the presidents. “These include hoary tales about the operation of a joint taskforce,” the president said. “Of course, there are big issues of paramount importance, and we decided to incorporate them in the Union State program of action. But we also have other pending issues, and if we do not address them, it will be useless to speak about any integration and programs.”

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