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MINSK, April 2. /TASS/. Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko sent greetings to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on the Day of Unity of the Belarusian, Russian peoples, marked on April 2, press service of the Belarusian leader said on Saturday.
"Being proud of our achievements and keeping sacredly the traditions inherited from the older generations, Belarus and Russia have been implementing successfully the joint integration project, develop the strategic partnership in all speheres," the greeting reads. "The modern situation prompts more close coordination of actiions aimed at providing good living for the peoples of our countries." The Belarusian president expressed confidence "the focused efforts will give a new impetus to the overwhelming cooperation between Belarus and Russia."
The integration processes in the Union State of Belarus and Russia are an example for establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union, Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko said .
"The Union State has become an example of integration in the Eurasian format. Innovative experience of the Belarusian-Russian integration has been vigorously used in the process of formation of the Eurasian Economic Union."
"The Union State project is unique because we managed not only to preserve Soviet industrial cooperation, which means hundreds of thousands of jobs, but also reconsider interaction in the manufacturing sector in compliance with the modern economic conditions, make joint products and technologies which are in demand on the market," Lukashenko said in the greeting.
"Comprehensive coordination of foreign political efforts of our countries enables us to efficiently support each other in the international arena, enhance global stability, and make a contribution to the establishment of a fair world order. The Belarusian-Russian military cooperation and interaction in defense industries is a guarantor of security in our states, an efficient means of fight against modern challenges and threats."
"Bilateral trade and economic relations are the foundation of the Union State project. Sustainable and harmonious development of our complementary economies confirms that the sides prioritize integration and cooperation, the free movement of goods, services and workforce."
"I sincerely wish your families and friends health, wellbeing and prosperity," the president wrote. "May peace, accord, and happiness always reign in our common Belarusian-Russian home."
The press service said, Lukashenko sent greetings to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is also head of the Union State’s Cabinet of Ministers, to head of the Russian parliament’s upper house Valentina Matviyenko, to speaker of the State Duma Sergei Naryshkin, to Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, to State Secretary of the Union State Grigory RApota, to leader of the Russian Communist Party Gennady Zuganov.
On April 2, 1996, presidents of Belarus and Russia signed an agreement on establishment of the Union of Belarus and Russia, and a year later they signed an agreement On Union of Belarus and Russia.