Posted: 27.03.2023 16:37:00

Golovchenko: we developed co-ordinated measures of strategic importance in response to Western sanctions

In response to the sanctions, Belarus and Russia have developed co-ordinated measures of strategic importance, aimed primarily at strengthening the potential of our countries, Belarus’ Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said in Moscow during a meeting of the Union State Council of Ministers

The Belarusian Head of Government noted that this is the first meeting of the Union State Council of Ministers, taking place in the new geopolitical conditions associated with unprecedentedly harsh and illegal measures of external pressure on our countries.

“Contrary to the intentions of some Western politicians, waves of economic crises did not cover us, macroeconomic stability and financial stability of the economies of Russia and Belarus were ensured. Industrial enterprises are operating normally, expanding production volumes and speeding up import-substituting processes,” Roman Golovchenko underlined.

The PM said that measures of strategic importance include a fundamental decision on settlements in Russian Roubles, approval of pricing forms for energy carriers, co-ordination of promising import-substituting projects, signing of a range of fundamental agreements, including on the transshipment of petroleum products and foreign trade cargo, on shipping and co-operation in microelectronics.

The Belarusian PM expressed confidence that everyone was already convinced of the need to adopt a package of integration measures in 2021, and the result of such systematic work is more than obvious.

Roman Golovchenko noted that despite the fact that more than a year had passed since the last meeting of the Union State Council of Ministers, the interaction was carried out at a high organisational level. In particular, forty-two decrees, three resolutions and one directive were adopted in 2022. The PM noted among them those decisions that were aimed at debureaucratising the procedure for adopting programmes and projects of the Union State and removing restrictions on the areas of implementation of projects financed from the Union State budget, enabling to increase the efficiency of all areas of collaboration.

“The accelerated pace of work is set by the leaders of our countries, who have a very busy schedule of mutual contacts. The result of this systematic and purposeful work is more than obvious: the figures of foreign trade turnover reflect, as in a mirror, the efforts that we are making together,” added the Belarusian Head of Government.

According to Roman Golovchenko, interregional liaisons played an important role in the growth of mutual trade. Last year, more than 100 delegations of various levels from the regions of the Russian Federation visited Belarus. The same number of visits of Belarusian delegations to Russian regions took place. The Belarusian PM invited his Russian colleague to visit the Belarusian regions.