Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Overchuk took part in a meeting of the High-Level Group of the Council of Ministers of the Union State of Russia and Belarus. The event was held via videoconference.
The participants in the meeting reviewed current tasks of Russian-Belarusian
trade and economic collaboration, including cooperation in the transport,
construction, digital, cultural and humanitarian areas.
They focused on the degree of readiness of issues to be considered at the upcoming
meetings of the Council of Ministers of the Union State and the Supreme State
Council of the Union State.
Alexei Overchuk stressed that the Republic of Belarus remained Russia’s key
strategic partner and one of the Russian Federation’s main trade partners in
the CIS space. “In January 2021, trade between Russia and Belarus grew by 31.9
percent on the same period in 2020 and amounted
to $11.5 billion, which demonstrates a continuing trend towards an increase and
expansion of our trade and economic cooperation. I am confident that we must
extend all-round support to each other and build up Russian-Belarusian
cooperation,” he said.
The parties also discussed the implementation of the protocol decisions
approved by the High-Level Group.
Following the meeting, the Standing Committee of the Union State was
instructed to draft protocol decisions and organise coordinated work to
implement the agreements that had been reached.