Progress evident but problems remain

State Secretary of Union State, Grigory Rapota, emphasises that a single energy and transport space is essential to the launch of the Belarus-Russia Union State

State Secretary of Union State, Grigory Rapota, emphasises that a single energy and transport space is essential to the launch of the Belarus-Russia Union State, speaking at 15th Anniversary of Union State: Tomorrow’s Agenda expert and media forum.

According to Mr. Rapota, a major challenge facing the Union State is the co-ordination of industrial policies and the development of a single energy space. “Although we’ve made progress, many issues remain unsettled. One of the most important things is the development of a single transport space. Once all issues are settled, we’ll be able to say that the Union State is maturing, reaching its completion phase,” he underlines.

Mr. Rapota explains that, regarding the single transport space, our two countries should co-ordinate organisation across the fields of aviation, railways and highways, harmonising transport legislation.
Much has been done to create a single space for the citizens of Belarus and Russia, allowing them to select their place of residence, education and work, with equal access to medical care. “Over these 15 years, this aspect has been almost fully completed, although unresolved issues remain. This is normal, since there is no limit to perfection,” Mr. Rapota stresses.

Attending the 15th Anniversary of the Union State: Tomorrow’s Agenda event, in Moscow, Belarusian and Russian scientists and political analysts discussed prospects for economic and humanitarian co-operation.

By Alexander Vetrov

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