Belarus and Russia plan to create a single parliament, government and unite markets
Belarus and Russia are moving towards the integration of the two countries. In particular, they They plan to create unified tax legislation, unified oil, gas and electricity markets, as well as a single parliament and government. The ambassador of Belarus to Russia Vladimir Semashko said this, the publication reports TUT.BY.
Currently, work is ongoing on roadmaps for deeper integration, Semashko said on the sidelines of the XIV International Conference “Eurasian Economic Integration” in Moscow. In parallel, countries are solving the problem of energy prices in the 2020 year.
“The presidents agreed that the goals were ambitious (by the agreement of the 1999 of the year - Ed.) And they should not change,” Semashko emphasized.
According to him, to date, 20 maps from the 31 prepared roadmap for in-depth integration are “absolutely agreed”. They were agreed upon following a recent meeting of the prime ministers of the two countries, the source said.
In addition, the ambassador noted, before December 7, countries need to "find a consensus, a compromise in order to minimize discrepancies."
“We are working on this. And then the last word will be for the presidents of the countries. I am convinced that the tasks will be solved, ”said Semashko.
Semashko recalled that while the price of gas in the Smolensk region is half that of Belarus. “And this is a key raw material for electricity production, the basis of the cost of all Belarusian products,” he said.
Semashko also commented on the talks held at the beginning of the week with the head of Gazprom Alexei Miller.
“In some issues we have brought our positions closer, in other issues - not yet. I can’t say anything else. The positions will come closer, but not today, ”said Semashko.
Speaking about signing a gas contract for the 2020 year, Semashko noted that he did not want to “anticipate some events,” but the agreement, he said, could be reached before December 31.
About the contract
Recall that a preliminary agreement was reached within Union State Treaty of 1999signed by Lukashenko and Boris Yeltsin. Since then, countries have been trying to agree on how best to manage the Union State, but so far to no avail.
According to the agreement, the Supreme State Council, the Parliament, the Council of Ministers, the court, the Accounts Chamber of the Union State are created within the Union State. It is also supposed to “ensure the peaceful and democratic development of the fraternal peoples”, increase the welfare and standard of living, create a single economic space, pursue a coordinated foreign and defense policy, create a unified legal system and more.
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