Posted: 25.12.2023 11:54:00

Lukashenko arrived in Russia on working visit

The President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, has arrived in Russia on a working visit, BelTA reports

The plane of the Head of State landed at Pulkovo airport, and among the greeters were the Governor of St. Petersburg, Aleksandr Beglov, and the Governor of the Leningrad Region, Aleksandr Drozdenko

On December 25th, the Head of State will take part in a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in St. Petersburg. The summit agenda includes more than two dozen issues, including those related to key areas for further development of integration processes in the EAEU, international activities, macroeconomic policy, work to eliminate barriers, reduce exemptions and restrictions on the EAEU internal market.

Also among the important issues on the agenda are the chairmanship and the personal composition of the Board of the Commission, the chairmanship in the EAEU bodies. In accordance with the EAEU Treaty, the chairmanship is carried out on a rotational basis in the Russian alphabet order. Accordingly, Armenia should take over the presidency after Russia this year. As the Prime Minister of this country, Nikol Pashinyan has also gone to St. Petersburg.

A free trade agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union and its member states on the one hand and the Islamic Republic of Iran on the other hand is supposed to be signed in the northern capital of Russia. The document will significantly increase the competitiveness of the goods of the EAEU member states and thereby increase exports to Iran. The agreement as a whole will contribute to the growth of trade turnover, as well as the intensification of co-operation and investment liaisons.

The EAEU summit will be held at the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library, in the centre of St. Petersburg. This historic Synod building on Senate Square is quite often used for high-level meetings and summits.

On December 26th, Aleksandr Lukashenko will take part in an informal meeting of the CIS leaders.

Announcing the upcoming event at the end of November, CIS Secretary General Sergei Lebedev said, “Russian President Vladimir Putin invited his colleagues to St. Petersburg on December 26th in order to traditionally communicate in an informal setting – as it is being done over the past few years, to discuss topical issues and to exchange views. All these meetings and discussions are aimed at further preservation and strengthening of the CIS. This is our common desire and common goal: not only to preserve the Commonwealth, but also to improve its activities and increase efficiency."