SAINT PETERSBURG, June 16. /TASS/. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called on increasingly to deal with “gray deliveries” of agricultural products to the market of the Russian Federation and Belarus.
“Of course, (should) do more to combat the “gray deliveries” to the food market of the Union state,” he said at a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Union state of Russia and Belarus.
Medvedev called for closer cooperation in the agricultural sphere, including taking into account the fact that in recent years, the number of third countries have increased the number of outbreaks of animal diseases. “We are able to minimize and eliminate these risks if we are to consistently increase the production of our own breeding products, poultry, livestock, apply the latest biotechnology,” he said.
The Prime Minister noted the growth of trade turnover between the two countries in the first three months of 2017 at 25%. He also noted the improvement in the structure of exports and imports and the positive impact of the strengthening of the Russian and Belarusian rubles on the development of economic ties.
Medvedev also said that the next meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Union state will be held in the Belarusian city of Gomel.
On the control over immigration to the Federal government
Control over immigration to the Federal government by foreigners it is necessary to study additionally, Medvedev said.
“Persons from third countries the procedure for their entry and stay (in the Union state) require, of course, that degree of control that will be further developed”, – he said.
Medvedev added that already agreed with his Belarus counterpart Andrei Kobyakov to perform such work. It is also necessary, he said, to strengthen coordination of the implementation of migration policy in both countries.
The Prime Minister noted that countries have significantly brought its legislation in the area of migration. “Between the migration services exchange of data, but still need to reach higher forms of cooperation,” said Medvedev.
The Prime Minister said that the migration of citizens of the Russian Federation and Belarus remains free, additional measures of border control in the airports of Russia undertaken because of the liberalization of the visa regime in Minsk.
“It’s certainly not a step toward restoring a border, Union citizenship and crossing the border crossing between the two countries remain free, he said at a press conference following the meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Union state of Russia and Belarus. – You know, what is the new order of control – with the fact that our Belarusian friends have decided on free entry to the territory of the Republic of Belarus, and therefore, for the rest of the territory (Federal state) of citizens from 80 countries for up to five days.”