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ZASLAVL, Belarus, July 18 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday demanded investigation be launched into a scandal over petroleum products that were exported from Belarus as solvents.
“We agreed to sort out everything and make necessary decisions even if they are going to be hard,” Medvedev said after talks with his Belarusian counterpart Mikhail Myasnikovich.
“In case it’s established that certain rules were broken, the people who did that will have to be punished while economic interests should be restored,” the Russian prime minister emphasized.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday met his Belarusian counterpart Mikhail Myasnikovich in a narrow format earlier on Wednesday. The talks took place at the Zaslavl government residence in the outskirts of Minsk. The Belarusian prime minister congratulated Medvedev on his appointment to the post of chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Union State of Russia and Belarus.
Myasnikovich said that trade between the two countries was growing.
“I think it’s going to be complete with investment and innovation projects that will develop the agreements that were reached in St. Petersburg on June 15,” Myasnikovich went on to say, adding that Minsk had prepared a number of new proposals.
For his part, Medvedev promised to exert every effort to make the Union State prosperous in his new capacity.
Dmitry Medvedev met Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko shortly upon his arrival n Minsk on Wednesday morning. Their vis-·-vis talks lasted for more than an hour.
Medvedev said that the key items on the agenda of the Council of Ministers and bilateral relations had been discussed at the meeting with Lukashenko.
“Indeed, we’ve already started talks. They dwelt on general political problems and concrete issues. But the government always has its own agenda. We are going to touch upon separate economic problems,” Medvedev went on to say.
“Today’s meeting of the Council of Ministers will discuss plenty of topics. I hope that the people of our two countries will benefit from its decisions,” the Russian prime minister stressed.