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First Belarus-Russia economy Forum held in Minsk
The outcome of negotiations can be estimated from various points, yet maybe the most important criterion is correspondence of decisions taken to improvement of living standards. In this context, the package agreement on equal rights of Belarus and Russia citizens is very illustrative; Prime ministers Sergei Sidorsky and Mikhail Fradkov discussed the final version of the agreement at the session of Cabinet Council of Union state.
It is perceived that in nearest future Belarusians who come to Russia and Russians who come here, will enjoy equal opportunities in medical and social services, choice of residence and jobs, and will pay equal taxes.
Besides, the parties discussed the final version of Union state budget 2006, which is expected to grow by 10 per cent. Additionally, the parties progressed significantly about legal status of union state property created as a result of joint economic and sci-tech projects, which count in dozens already.
Participant of Belarus-Russia economy Forum gave consideration to most important problems and concepts of joint development. This concerns influence of cooperation towards economy modernization in both states, development of education and culture, industry and energy economy. As we know, economy liberalization was greater in Russia, while Belarus sticks to social-oriented market evolutions. However, this difference doesn′t hamper cooperation and integration in most diverse realms. This is confirmed by the results of Russia National exhibition. Virtually each of 200 enterprises and regions that participated in the exhibition has concluded profitable agreements on cooperation or commodity exchange. Besides, economy cooperation was the focal point of negotiations of Alexander Lukashenko with governors of several regions of Russia who paid official visits to Minsk on these days.
Thus the outcome of the event held in Belarusian capital can be considered a milestone of Belarus-Russia relationship. The Forum has prepared the grounds for the upcoming step forward — session of High state council of Belarus and Russia this November. Presidents Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin are expected to uphold decisions taken in Minsk by their Prime ministers and to consider global aspects of Union state development.