Russian-Belarusian ties rule supreme - Putin

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said that although certain problems or lack of understanding between close neighbour-states are unavoidable, the vital interests of fraternal nations will have the upper hand.

He was speaking during a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Russian-Belarusian Union State in Moscow.

He also pointed out that Russian-Belarusian cooperation is made stronger by trilateral integration in the framework of the Customs Union and the common economic area of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

The Russian Prime Minister added that it is important that the positive processes in question should develop without dependence on the current situation.

He said that the bilateral trade turnover in January through August this year increased by 20%, that Belarusian exports to Russia grew faster than planned, with the gap making up 50%.


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