The heads of state intend to discuss the international agenda, issues of bilateral cooperation and deepening economic integration in the Eurasian space.
MOSCOW, Dec 15. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin will hold talks with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko, the leaders will discuss bilateral cooperation and deepening economic integration in the Eurasian space, as well as the international agenda.
Lukashenko visits Moscow on a working visit at the invitation of the Russian head of state.
Press Secretary of Russian leader Dmitry Peskov said earlier that the agenda of the talks between the presidents will be issues related to military-technical cooperation.
“The fifteenth of December will hold talks Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko in a wide range of topical issues in Russian-Belarusian relations and the international agenda. Special attention will be paid to further deepening of economic integration in the Eurasian space and measures to promote trade and investment cooperation in the framework of the Union state”, — stated in the message the press service of the Kremlin.
Initially it was assumed that his first foreign visit after another, her fifth victory in the presidential elections Lukashenko will pay to Russia, on 25-26 November. However, due to busy schedules of the two leaders the trip was postponed. In early December, the Belarusian President decided to visit Turkmenistan and Vietnam.
Among the topical issues of bilateral relations — the construction of the Belarusian NPP, which is conducted by the specialists of “Rosatom”, and the creation of a Russian airbase in Belarus.
The Russian airbase in Belarus
In mid-September, the Russian President instructed the Russian defense Ministry and foreign Ministry to hold talks with Minsk and up to sign the agreement on creation in Belarus of a Russian aviation base. Later Lukashenka said that not discussed with Moscow the issue of the creation of the territory of the Republic of the Russian airbase.
In late October, the Belarusian leader made a statement that placing a Russian air base from a military point of view no need to Minsk or Moscow, and called “hype” in the media around this topic political. At the same time, the Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said before scheduled for November 26, the visit of Lukashenka to Moscow that presidents can discuss this topic, since it is “still not closed”.
Chief of the operations Directorate of the high command of aerospace defence forces of Russia Alexander Lyapkin November 24 reported that the project of creating a Russian aviation base in Belarus involves placing at the airfield in Bobruisk Russian aviation division, consisting of 12 combat aircraft and four transport helicopters.
The construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant
Rosatom is building the first Belarusian nuclear power plant. Capital investment is $ 10 billion.
Construction is underway near the city settlement Ostrovets in the Grodno region. The NPP will consist of two units with a combined electrical capacity of 2,400 megawatts. For construction of the selected project NPP-2006 is a standard Russian nuclear power plant project of new generation “3+” with improved technical and economic indicators, as well as complying with all current safety standards. The commissioning of the first unit of NPP is scheduled for November 2018, the second — in July 2020.
Lukashenko said earlier that the country is the most safe and modern nuclear power plants in the world, and called it a new stage in the construction of nuclear power stations.
Economic relations of Russia and Belarus
Russia is the main trade partner of Belarus, its share in the trade, the first half of this year, was 47.5%. Belarus was one of the first “five” countries in terms of trade turnover of Russia (after China, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy), and among the CIS countries occupies the first place. The volume of bilateral trade for the first half of 2015 amounted to $ 16 billion, including export of Russia to Belarus — $ 10 billion, import — $ 6 billion.
The volume of accumulated Russian investment in the Belarusian economy amounted to 6.3 billion dollars, which is 40% of all Russian investments in the CIS countries (mainly in gas sector). Belarusian accumulated investments in Russia amount to $ 2.3 billion in trade, energy, manufacturing. In Belarus employs more than 2.7 thousand companies with Russian capital, and in Russia — more than 1 thousand Belarusian companies.