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19 Dec 2019

Putin: Calm, level-headed work in Russia-Belarus relations

Putin: Calm, level-headed work in Russia-Belarus relations
Vladimir Putin. Photo courtesy of TASS

MOSCOW, 19 December (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia are working in a calm, level-headed manner to solve complex issues in the bilateral cooperation, including those concerning oil and gas,  Russian President Vladimir Putin said as he gave an annual big press conference for Russian and foreign journalists on 19 December, BelTA has learned.

“In fact, very calm, level-headed work is underway. We are already coming to terms on some issues. On others we are still in disagreement. We will continue to work," Vladimir Putin said answering a question from journalists.

According to the Russian president, the decision to set up the Union State, which was taken 20 years ago, was the right one. In his words, the Union State can boast  certain achievements, especially in the social sector. However, the main provisions of the Union State Treaty have not been fulfilled yet. “A lot has been done within the Eurasian Economic Union. In some economic sectors EAEU has advanced more than the Union State. That is why we have agreed with Aleksandr Grigorievich [Lukashenko] to revisit this issue to see what we can do to accelerate the development of the Union State,” Vladimir Putin said.

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