Lukashenka begins visit to Moscow

Alyaksandr Lukashenka began on February 3 his two-day visit to Moscow where he will participate in sessions of the Supreme State Council of the Belarusian-Russian Union State...

 

Alyaksandr Lukashenka began on February 3 his two-day visit to Moscow where he will participate in sessions of the Supreme State Council of the Belarusian-Russian Union State and the Collective Security Treaty Organization's Collective Security Council.

The Supreme State Council’s session will focus on measures to minimize the effects of the global financial crisis on the two countries' economies, develop bilateral trade and economic relations, and step up military ties and cooperation in the "financial and lending sphere," the Belarusian leader’s press office said.

The Council is also to discuss the Union State’s 2008-09 program of foreign-policy cooperation, the Union State's 2009 budget, and the Concept of the Social Development of the Union State for the period until 2010.
Several agreements are expected to be signed during the session, the press office said.

On February 4, Mr. Lukashenka is to take part in a session of the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, which is expected to focus on the Organization's 2009 budget and the creation of a collective rapid response force.

Also on Wednesday, the Belarusian leader is to attend a special session of the Interstate Council of the Eurasian Economic Community (EURASEC). The agenda includes two major issues: the institution of an anti-crisis fund and the establishment of a EURASEC center of high technologies, the presidential press office said.

EURASEC comprises Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. //BelaPAN