Russian and Belarus governments to present integration plans to Putin and Lukashenko by December 1

The governments of Belarus and Russia will present a roadmap for integrating the two countries to their presidents by December 1, RIA Novosti reports, citing Belarusian Prime Minister Syarhey Rumas.

“We are working on it now in order to present draft roadmaps to the presidents by December 1,” Rumas said.

He also added that a session of the Council of Ministers of the Union State has been scheduled for November 19, after which he will discuss integration plans with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Rumas explained that the draft roadmap will be signed by the prime ministers, but the concrete action plans for integration will be signed by the presidents.

The program to integrate the economies of the two countries derives from the Treaty on the Creation of a Union State, which was signed in 1999. It envisages integration in economics, taxes, pricing policy, tariffs, monetary policy, pensions, and other areas.

In October, Vladimir Putin ordered the organs of executive government to work out how to synchronize Russia and Belarus’s legislation in the various areas by January 1, 2020.

  Russia, Belarus, Lukashenko, Putin

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