MINSK, June 4 (Itar-Tass) — Minsk hopes to intensify parliamentary ties with Russia after the visit of speaker of the Federation Council upper house of Russia’s parliament Valentina Matviyenko.
“We regard Your visit as a landmark event. We believe Your visit will significantly intensify the parliamentary ties,” head of the Council of the Republic of the Belarusian National Assembly Anatoly Rubinov said on Monday at a meeting with the Russian parliamentary delegation headed by the Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko.
He stressed that be regards Valentina Matviyenko as one of the brightest political figures in Russia and a very attractive woman. According to Rubinov, the Russian leaders’ recent visits to Belarus determine a new stage of relations between the two countries. In this connection he referred to Vladimir Putin’s recent official visit to Belarus. “The fact that the Russian president paid his first visit to Belarus is not an accidental, but a landmark event,” said the head of the Council of the Republic. However, he noted that priorities are clearly defined in the Russian president’s program policies, in particular, cooperation within the CIS framework and strengthening of the Union State.
According to him, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said that the visit of the Russian president in this case is more important than economic agreements, as it determines future prospects between the two countries. “We regard Your visit in this context as well,” Anatoly Rubinov told Matviyenko.
According to him, 20 years after the USSR disintegration, the countries once again realised the need to return to the allied relationship. He also stressed that nobody intends to reproduce the old model, but it is necessary to rely on the positive experience. “Today, the two countries are confidently moving towards a greater degree of integration,” the head of the Council of the Republic said. According to him, the role of parliaments should be raised today in the integration processes’ development. He stressed that it is also necessary to help the two countries’ leaders to settle complex problems that emerge from time to time.
Anatoly Rubinov also said that a new agreement on cooperation between the Council of the Republic and the Federation Council has been prepared – it will be signed on Monday. “It will give a new impetus to the bilateral cooperation,” said the speaker.
He expressed confidence that the visit of the Russian parliamentary delegation will be fruitful, stressing that “it is a great honour for us to receive a delegation of Russia’s body of legislative authority with which we have fraternal relations that, we hope, will continue in the future.”