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Putin, Lukashenko to take part in Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus — Kremlin

June 06, 11:24 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The plenary session of the 3rd Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus will take place on June 8
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MOSCOW, June 6. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko will take part in the Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus in Minsk on June 8, the Kremlin press service said on Monday.

"On June 8 in Minsk, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will take part in the plenary session of the 3rd Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus," the press service said.

The presidents will hold a separate meeting before the forum. "It is planned to discuss the progress of implementation of the agreements reached at the session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State (in Minsk on 25 February 2016) and other pressing issues of Russian-Belarusian relations," the Kremlin added. "It is also planned to exchange opinions about the results of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council session (in Astana on 31 May 2016) and prospects of further expansion of integrational cooperation in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union," the press service noted.

Several bilateral agreements are planned to be signed at the forum.

The topic of the forum will be "Implementation of coordinated social and economic policy in the Union State: achievements, problems, solutions and prospects." Among participants in the forum will be leadership of the Russian Federation Council, Belarusian Council of the Republic, and permanent Committee of the Union State. Heads of key ministries and departments traditionally take part in the forum, along with heads of executive and legislative bodies of Russian and Belarusian regions, representatives of big businesses, public and scientific organizations. The first forum took place in Minsk in June 2014, the second - in Sochi in September 2015.

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