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Lavrov says impossible to create joint constitution, parliament with Belarus now

Russia’s top diplomat hopes that pragmatism will prevail in dialogue between Moscow and Minsk

MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. It’s impossible now to formulate a joint constitution, court and legislature with Belarus now, but Russia is not insisting on this, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated at his annual conference devoted to the results of 2018.

The 1997 treaty on establishing the Union State of Russia and Belarus, in particular, includes "many of those things, which united us at that time and encouraged us to create the Union State," Lavrov noted.

"The adoption of a constitutional act and the creation of a union parliament as well as a court of the Union State was stipulated then. At that time, this was voluntarily agreed on with Moscow and Minsk. As time went by, it became clear that neither a joint constitution, nor a common parliament, nor a common court could be created and we are not insisting on this," he explained.

Lavrov recalled that during the recent contacts between the two countries’ presidents the Russian side spoke about those provisions of the Union Treaty, which concern particular issues in economy and trade sector, namely, the steps stipulated by the treaty on establishing a single currency, and outlining monetary and tax policy.

Russia asks Belarus to try to find common ground on the issues, which should have been implemented 20 years ago in line with the Union Treaty. "They are directly related to the issues, which Belarus wants to solve also as part of a tax maneuver and a number of other issues," Lavrov said.

Russia’s top diplomat hopes that pragmatism will prevail in dialogue between Moscow and Minsk. "I hope very much that pragmatism will prevail here rather than the attempts to look in this absolutely routine situation for some geopolitical plots inside the Union State or outside it."