Matviyenko comments on format of Russia-Belarus Union State
The format of the Union State of Russia and Belarus justifies itself and there is the need for further improving it, Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said.
This year the Union State will mark its 20th anniversary, and "during all this time neither Russia nor Belarus has said or done anything that could be interpreted as a departure from our general course," Matviyenko stressed.
"This means that the format of the Union State of Russia and Belarus lives up to the expectations," she said, noting that the goal in the future is to improve it and fully implement the potential of the Treaty on its creation.
"We believe that this prospect is opened by a joint work aimed at deepening integration of Russia and Belarus in all areas - economy, social sphere, culture and defense," TASS cited Matviyenko as saying.