Parliaments set good example
Agreement on co-operation between Belarusian National Assembly’s House of Representatives and State Duma of Russian Federation signed in Minsk
By Vladimir Anisinko
The document has been signed by the Chairman of the House of Representatives of Belarus, Vladimir Andreichenko, and Sergey Naryshkin, the Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
This first official visit by such a high ranking Russian parliamentary delegation was intense, producing pleasing results. Alongside negotiations with colleagues, Sergey Naryshkin spoke to students, professors and teachers at the Academy of Public Administration (under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus). He also took part in the 42nd session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus-Russia Union State and met Belarus’ Prime Minister, Mikhail Myasnikovich.
Special attention was paid to the development of parliamentary ties and Eurasian economic integration. Mr. Andreichenko stressed, “We lack such close ties with any other state.” He also noted that our parliaments are working hard to activate bilateral relations, saying, “The fact that we are discussing the creation of the parliamentary dimension of the Eurasian Economic Union is important.”
According to Mr. Naryshkin, collaboration is essential across the post-Soviet space. “Russia and Belarus are setting an example to everyone; we especially appreciate our relations and interaction between our two countries,” he underlined. He went on to express hope that joint efforts by parliamentarians will prepare proposals for our trio of presidents dealing with the creation of the parliamentary dimension.