President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and President of Russia Vladimir Putin
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MOSCOW, June 30. /TASS/. The presidents of Russia and Belarus Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko will hold in Moscow a regular meeting of the Supreme state Council (SSC) of the Union state. As previously reported in the press service of the Kremlin, the agenda, in particular, provides for summing up economic and trade cooperation between the two countries in 2016, the discussion of the prospects for cooperation in machine-building and agroindustrial complexes. In addition, issues related to the provision of the current activities of the bodies of the Union state.
Also the two leaders will hold a separate meeting, which will discuss key issues in bilateral relations and topical international problems. It is expected that the GHS meeting, Putin and Lukashenko will take part in the Fourth forum of regions of Russia and Belarus. This year it is dedicated to the development of interregional cooperation in the sphere of high technologies, innovations and information society.
Earlier it was planned that a meeting of the HCV will be held in December 2016. However, due to some differences, in particular, the price for the supplied Russian natural gas, Lukashenka has not considered it possible then to arrive to Russia. His visit to Russia took place only on 3 April this year. But then his meeting with Putin took place in the plain of the talks, and not the SSC meeting.
The state Council is the Supreme body of the Union state. It is composed of the heads of state, heads of government, heads of chambers of parliaments of Russia and Belarus. Among its main tasks – addressing critical development issues of the Union state, formation of the Union state bodies, appointment of elections to the house of representatives of the Parliament of the Union state, approving the Union state budget, adopted by its Parliament and annual reports on its implementation; approval of international treaties of the Union state, ratified by the Parliament.