Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Miasnikovich said after the talks between the governments of Belarus and Russia in Moscow on January 20 that "cooperation between Minsk and Moscow is multidimensional and steadily developing." "I am satisfied with the results on all issues," said the Belarusian Prime Minister
«Russia has always been and, hopefully, will be our strategic partner,» Mikhail Miasnikovich said, commenting on his first foreign trip as Prime Minister.
In turn, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that the Russian side «ready for constructive development of further cooperation, deep Belarusian-Russian partnership, development of the Union State,» BelTA informs.
The Russian head of government expressed satisfaction with the fact that Belarus had ratified documents on the CES formation. «The Russian side will complete its domestic ratification procedures in the near future. I hope that all questions in the Belarusian-Russian cooperation will be addressed in a constructive way,» said Vladimir Putin.
As Telegraf previously reported, the Russian and Belarusian sides touched upon a number of issues in the course of negotiations. Thus, the issues of oil and gas supplies to Belarus were discussed, but the Heads of Government didn’t agree on the price of oil deliveries to Belarus in 2011. According to Mikhail Miasnikovich, the Belarusian side proposed to continue resolving the outstanding issues of fuel and energy complex in the coming days.
In addition, the sides discussed the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. According to the Russian Prime Minister, the parties remained at odds over the price of its construction. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin expressed the readiness of Moscow to give a loan for the construction of nuclear power plant in Belarus.
According to the head of the Russian government, Russia assesses nuclear plant construction in $6 billion, and Belarus’ participation in this project may reach 30-40%.
In addition, the head of the Council of Ministers of Belarus Mikhail Miasnikovich invited Vladimir Putin to create major joint ventures. «We need to go to the creation of large joint ventures, research and production corporations, including the possible participation of third countries,» considers the Belarusian Prime Minister.
Also, Mikhail Miasnikovich suggested holding regular meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Union State 2011in Minsk in February and March. In turn, Vladimir Putin supported this idea and invited to agree on a specific date.