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from 29.01.2016

Andrei Kobyakov met with Dmitry Medvedev

Belarus and Russia will continue to cooperate across all areas, Belarus Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov said as he met with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.

"I hope that today we will discuss the results of 2015, plans for the current year and medium-term future. In the run-up to the session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State we will report to the heads of state that we have a plan, estimates and prospects to overcome economic instability,” said Andrei Kobyakov.

According to him, the new year has begun. A number of decisions have been adopted in the Union State. "I propose to summarize and map out a plan of cooperation," said Andrei Kobyakov.

He noted that the 8th meeting of the Business Cooperation Council between Belarus and St. Petersburg took place today, 29 January. "I would like to say that we have meaningful contacts, communication, trade and economic cooperation, and roadmaps with many regions of Russia. But St. Petersburg is an example of the most excellent, very informative and in-depth cooperation. It embraces ties in industry, science, supply of agricultural products, and in general the whole range of relations that can exist between very close partners,” the Belarusian head of government said.

In his turn, Dmitry Medvedev said that Belarus and Russia are true partners. “Belarus is not just a neighbor for us. We have the Union State, the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). We are true partners,” Dmitry Medvedev said.

In his words, the today’s meeting gives an opportunity to share information about the current situation in the economy, projects and plans which are in the pipeline or in full swing in the Union State and the EEU. “I suggest analyzing the dynamics of our ties in 2015, the size of the bilateral trade and shape plans for the year 2016,” Dmitry Medvedev said.

He stressed that Belarus and Russia have to discuss certain issues taking into account the joint focus on large-scale projects, particularly, in import substitution.