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Conversation with President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Roman Golovchenko

From the transcript:

A. Lukashenko: Mikhail Vladimirovich, I am very glad to see you in Belarus. Our meeting with you today and your working negotiations with the Government of Belarus are conditioned by the proposal of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin in Sochi, when we met, discussed a number of problems and came up with this problem, which we will mainly pay attention to. He said: listen to how he (M. Mishustin) understands the system that he has suffered. Belarus will need it.

I am grateful that you, fulfilling the instructions of the President, came today with specialists in order to consider one of our most important problems. But this is one of the problems – this is the key word. Time has always been compressed with us. It has always been difficult in Russia and Belarus. Nevertheless, times are pushing us to solve the problems that we have. They have not accumulated, but they exist and they need to be addressed.

We are ready to sincerely and honestly discuss these problems with you, knowing your sincerity towards Belarus.

Therefore, I am really glad to meet you today. This is the first such event. Yesterday Putin and I agreed on our schedule of work on many issues. Somewhere at the end of April, most likely on the 22nd, we will meet in Moscow with the President, it will be a serious meeting to discuss certain problems, today we will also accept this. Then we will hold the Forum of Regions, this is in the Moscow region, then the union Council of Ministers, and then in September-October, we will agree on the situation – the Supreme State Council of the Union State. And we need to celebrate this Supreme State Council with a good movement within the framework of the Union State.

These are the agreements I had with the President of Russia over the past two days. And a number of others.

Mikhail Mishustin: Alexander Grigorievich, thank you. I am glad to be in Minsk. Thank you for the hospitable welcome – as always – from our entire delegation. I would like to take this opportunity to convey the warmest wishes from Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. We had just talked about the details of our interaction the day before. I would also like to tell you that with Roman Aleksandrovich Golovchenko and with members of the Government of Belarus we are in constant contact, I would say, on a daily basis. All our ministers, deputy prime ministers, representatives of departments are constantly working both to improve our relations and to solve pressing problems.

We are slowly restoring our turnover. The number is growing. We recorded that, unfortunately, the drop after the coronavirus was significant. Now all this is being restored. We are restoring air traffic. April 30 and “Lastochka” should come from Moscow to Minsk. We all welcome this, and thank God that the coronavirus infection is going away.

Of course, there are many more questions. Our doctors also warn about the risks that can be in different variations of strains. But joint measures, I hope, will lead us to ensure that we defend ourselves against this virus. On March 25, industrial production of Sputnik V began in Belarus. We work together with your scientists, we know that you too should soon produce a vaccine.

Our cooperation in the field of industry, energy, transport infrastructure, construction is very active. 2021 is the Year of Russia in Belarus, the next is the Year of Belarus in Russia. Our cultural ties, exchange of cultural figures will be intensified. Roman Aleksandrovich (Golovchenko) and I signed a program, this year there will be even more extensive contacts. I want to thank you for this approach.

And, as you said, today we will see how our systems can be integrated. I have known Belarusian colleagues from the customs service, from the tax service for a long time, they are high professionals. Our systems, as they interact on a continuous basis, must be integrated.

But what is integration? This, of course, is in favor of our Union State benefits, and in no case is it some kind of takeover. This is how we see it. And we tried to consider the possibilities of this integration based on the best technologies offered by both the Belarusian side and the Russian side.

Let’s talk about this today. We were preparing with Roman Alexandrovich for this event. And we will be happy to show you what we could mutually offer.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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