Saturday, 26 November 2011

No plans to 'dump' Russia-Belarus union plans, leaders say

Moscow and Minsk have no plans to "dump" the decade-old project to create the Union State of Russia and Belarus, leaders of the two states said on Friday.

Russia and Belarus signed a deal to establish the Union state on December 8, 1999. Dmitry Medvedev and Alexander Lukashenko met on Friday for a meeting of the Union's ruling body, the Supreme State Council.

"When Dmitry Anatolyevich [Medvedev] and I agreed to convoke the supreme state council, we both noted that we will not dump the Union State project, on the contrary, we will develop it," Lukashenko said.

"I think we should continue walking this path, we should deepen this cooperation. Though it may get more difficult as we move ahead, we are determined to take this road," he added.

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