On the eve of the Day of Unity of the Peoples of Russia and Belarus, celebrated on April 2, Russian Ambassador to Minsk Boris Gryzlov stressed the importance of creating an external context favorable to the development of the two countries.
“Our countries are closely coordinating the steps on the international scene, making a great contribution to security throughout the Eurasian space. This work is ultimately aimed at one result: the creation of the most favorable external conditions for the gradual development of Russia and its Belarus, a qualitative increase in the well-being and standard of living of citizens,” the diplomat stressed.
The first step towards cooperation dates back to April 2, 1996 – the day of the signing of the treaty on the formation of the Community of Russia and Belarus. It can be seen as the starting point for the formation of the Union State. Moscow and Minsk began to create a single economic space, launched the process of transition to common legislation. According to Gryzlov, the interaction between brother peoples is based on traditions of friendship, a common cultural code and the desire for a better future.
In 27 years of joint work, the countries have implemented important projects, including the Belarusian nuclear power plant. Companies in both states are working on import substitution, especially in the fields of mechanics and electronics. Economies have managed not only to survive despite Western sanctions, but also to generate demand in new markets. This helped, in particular, the Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus. The ambassador added that the joint regional grouping of troops in Belarus protects the western border from possible NATO encroachments.
In 2021, Presidents Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko agreed on 28 trade union programs, which have been 74% complete to date. New projects will affect not only the economic, but also cultural, humanitarian and other spheres, Gryzlov concluded.
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