President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko arrived in Moscow on a working visit, informs “Belt”. In the afternoon, he will meet in the Kremlin with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Putin will receive Lukashenko for the fifth time in a year. They must agree on 28 union programs – roadmaps for the integration of the two countries. Until recently, these documents were completely raw – and did not satisfy both sides, notes BBC.
What is contained in the road maps is unknown. The authorities of the two countries did not report any specifics on economic integration.
The authorities of Russia and Belarus have been discussing the issue of political integration of the two countries since 1999.
In 2018, a working group led by the then Minister of Economic Development of Russia Maxim Oreshkin and Dmitry Krutoy, who served as Minister of Economy of Belarus, was able to “make progress” on integration in agriculture, communications, customs and the oil market, Oreshkin said.
The same general wording was in the 1999 agreement, the BBC notes. In that document, economic integration was interpreted as the creation of a single economic space, in which general legislation governing economic activity, including civil and tax legislation, is in effect.