MOSCOW, July 3 (Itar-Tass) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has congratulated Alexander Lukashenko and all citizens of Belarus on their national holiday -- Independence Day, the Kremlin press service said on Saturday.
It is deeply symbolic that the anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from Nazi invaders is marked this day. Severe trials of the war years brought closer the two nations united by centuries-old traditions of neighbourly relations and fruitful cooperation, common cultural and spiritual values and glorious pages of the common history, the Russian leader said in the congratulatory telegramme.
"At the present stage, we have important practical objectives of consolidation of democratic statehood fundamentals, technological modernization and social and economic development," he said. Additional possibilities to effectively carry out the tasks are given by the integration processes, including in the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space, Medvedev believes.
Taking into consideration interests of each other and a pragmatic and responsible approach to participation in regional organizations -- the CIS, the CSTO and the EurAsEC -- will help enhance welfare of citizens and stability and security in Europe, the Russian president noted.