Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko approved all 28 union programs at a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State.
The Russian president is taking part in the meeting via videoconference, RIA Novosti reports. The decree signed by the heads of the two states approves 28 programs and directions for the implementation of the main provisions of the Treaty on the Creation of the Union State in 2021-2023, approved in September this year. Vladimir Putin commented on the signing of the decree, stressing the importance of this step:
“It has absolutely nothing to do with the internal political agendas in our countries. It is connected with the need to effectively operate our economies and create competitive advantages in order to increase the efficiency of our work, which ultimately aims to improve the well-being of our citizens.”
The Belarusian president, picking up a pen, noted with a smile:
“I see Putin signed, and I will sign.”
The programs for the Union State are well thought out and informative. They suggest:
integration of currency systems; general principles for the collection of indirect taxes; uniform approaches to the pension system and social security issues; the fight against terrorism; mutual access to government procurement and government orders.
Macroeconomic policy will also become common in a single state, the countries intend to integrate payment systems, form joint oil and gas markets, and harmonize monetary policy. An important step is the adoption of the Military Doctrine of the Union State and the concept of the migration policy of the two states. Dmitry Mezentsev, Secretary of State of the Union State, previously noted that the new military doctrine will help to increase the level of coherence of defense policy and will allow timely adaptation of the tasks of the Defense Ministries of the two countries.
In December 1999, Russia and Belarus signed the Treaty on the Creation of the Union State. By the 20th anniversary of this document, a working group was created to develop industry roadmaps. Later, on their basis, Moscow and Minsk created union programs for integration. Most of them are designed for the period until 2025, some – until 2027. The heads of the two powers have repeatedly stressed that there are no political issues related to the loss of sovereignty, he quotes RIA News…