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“We keep in touch with you all the time. In March we held a meeting of the Union State Council of Ministers. In April our presidents presided over the meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State. Very important decisions were taken to intensify integration. The two governments are working consistently to implement 28 Union State programs. “Ten programs have been fully implemented, five information systems have been put into operation. Almost 80% of the 989 activities envisaged by the programs have been completed. This is a very good result,” Mikhail Mishustin said.
He also drew attention to the fact that despite the sanctions by the collective West Belarus-Russia trade and economic cooperation remains on the growth track. “Our priority is cooperation in the manufacturing industry. As part of the respective intergovernmental agreement, we approved 16 joint projects in mechanical engineering, machine tool industry and microelectronics worth RUB80 billion, or almost Br3 billion,” the prime minister of Russia informed.
In July Belarus will take part in the international industrial expo Innoprom in Yekaterinburg as a partner state. “We are expecting a large business delegation that will include representatives of all Belarusian regions. I am sure that new agreements will be reached at the Innoprom expo to launch a number of major joint integration projects,” added Mikhail Mishustin.
“We are holding this meeting in the run-up to the sessions of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council and the CIS Heads of Government Council. It is very important that Belarus and Russia are interested in deepening integration in the Eurasian region. I am sure that the decisions that will be taken here in Sochi will beef up the resilience of our economies to the unfavorable external environment and will help create new points of growth in the best interests of businesses and households of our Union State,” the prime minister of Russia concluded.