Belarus, Russia discuss development of integration processes
On February 6th, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Russia Dmitry Krutoi met in the Russian State Duma with the Head of the faction of the Socialist political party A Just Russia – Patriots – for Truth, Sergei Mironov. The meeting was also attended by Alexey Chepa, the First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, Deputy Head of the faction, and Alexander Romanovich, the Chairman's Authorised Representative for International Affairs – as reported on the website of the Belarusian diplomatic mission in Russia.
During the meeting, issues of the development of Belarusian-Russian relations and the deepening of interstate integration processes within the Union State were raised. “Particular attention was paid to the role of parliaments in the legislative support of the guidelines to implement the provisions of the Union State Treaty for 2021–2023 and twenty-eight Union State programmes. In particular, they touched upon the formation of a unified industrial policy, as well as the implementation of joint projects and programmes in the field of import substitution,” the embassy noted.
Dmitry Krutoi stated that the intensity of bilateral contacts has recently increased. The Belarusian diplomat also noted the important role of co-operation between the two countries’ regions in strengthening multifaceted Belarusian-Russian ties. He said that he plans to continue visiting Russian regions in the near future.
The parties agreed to develop working contacts between the Belarusian embassy and the Just Russia faction in the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
In Late January, the Russian government approved a draft agreement on a common industrial policy with Belarus. According to Dmitry Krutoi, this means opening access for Russian companies to the Belarusian market, and for Belarusian companies – to the Russian market, and, first of all, to subsidy programmes at the federal and regional levels.