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Putin, Lukashenko to hold session of Union State’s highest authority

February 25, 9:20 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko (archive)

Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko (archive)

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MOSCOW, February 25. /TASS/. Russian and Belarusian presidents Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko are due to take part in the session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State of Russia and Belarus in Minsk on Thursday.

The Kremlin press service previously said that "the agenda envisages, in particular, adopting a budget of the Union State for 2016, adopting a program of coordinated actions in foreign policy for 2016-2017, discussing trade and economic cooperation between Russia and Belarus over the last year and several other bilateral issues.".

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is also scheduled to take part in the session.

Ahead of the session, Putin and Lukashenko will hold a separate meeting to exchange views on further development of relations between Russia and Belarus and on pressing international issues, the Kremlin said.

Medvedev will also hold a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Andrei Kobyakov before the session to discuss current economic situation, financial cooperation and cooperation in energy sphere.

Medvedev announced the plans as he met with his Belarusian counterpart in Moscow on Wednesday. The sides stressed the need to strengthen coordination of economic policy amid accumulated negative events and easing their consequences for the citizens of the two countries, he said.

The Supreme State Council is the highest authority of the Union State made up of the presidents, the prime ministers and the heads of both chambers of parliaments of the two countries. The Union State of Russia and Belarus is a political and economic union. The treaty on its creation was signed in December 1999.

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