Monday, April 03, 2006

Union State Supreme Council Chairman Alexander Lukashenko Declares Reality Of Belarus-Russia Union State; Says Locomotive For Union Has Left Station

"Dear Belarusians and Russians,

The day of April 2 has become special for Belarus and Russia. Some 10 years ago, following the will of the peoples, our countries made their only right choice – a key to revive their economic and political power.

A lot has been achieved. The bilateral trade grew more than threefold over the decade. Cooperation in the military sphere has been strengthened. Our countries have common approaches to most urgent international issues. The implementation of agreements signed in 2006 will enhance social security of the Belarusian and Russian peoples.

The Belarus-Russia Union State is a locomotive of integration processes. We can keep this role only moving forward, creating a single economic, information and science-technological space and boosting well-being of the people.

I am confident that being guided by the principles of partnership with equal rights, we will set up a new model of an effective interstate formation comfortable for many peoples to live in.

Dear friends,

The progress in the formation of the Union State would be impossible without the support to give to this process.

Today it may be stated with confidence that the Belarus-Russia Union State is a reality. It vital power is in our unity, in a guarantee of a happy future for our descendents.

Accept the warmest congratulations on the holiday – the Day of Unity of the Peoples of Belarus and Russia. Let our common house be a well of good and wisdom.

Chairman of the Union State Supreme Council,

President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko"

Vitebsk, Belarus in June 1944.

Photo credit: With thanks.


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