Following discussions with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Russia and Belarus are moving toward a joint industrial strategy, as well as common access to government procurement and orders, TASS reports.
The parties were able to establish agreements on an unified macroeconomic strategy, payment system integration, and expanding cooperation in information security, customs, tax, energy, and other sectors, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Russian president stated that Russia and Belarus are making progress toward establishing an economic foundation for integration.
According to Putin, while forming the Russian-Belarusian Union State, the sodes should have started with what has already been agreed upon, such as establishing an economic foundation for bilateral ties.
“The rest is just political,” Putin continued.