ER Editor: Russia and Belarus are already linked through a Union State treaty going back to 1999, the proposed terms of which had not been realized. This from The Guardian (MSM alert) from 2 months ago, in preparation for the new integration documents that have just been signed:
Putin and Lukashenko move to integrate economies of Russia and BelarusRussian president announces agreement on macroeconomic policies, and common tax and customs measures
Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said they had made progress toward integrating the two countries’ economies during a summit on Thursday evening in advance of massive joint military exercises.
Speaking late on Thursday, Putin said the two leaders had agreed to coordinate the countries’ macroeconomic policies, institute common tax and customs measures, and harmonise other financial controls as part of a 28-point roadmap that is expected to increase Russia’s influence over its neighbour.
The countries will move to integrate their energy markets while maintaining steeply discounted supplies of natural gas to Belarus, and Russia will provide a further $630m in loans to the cash-strapped Belarusian government, Putin said.
The texts of the agreements were not made available and the leaders did not sign any documents publicly. While the two sides announced new economic agreements, they stopped short of introducing a common currency or going into detail on any defence or political agreements, signalling a limit to the extent of the negotiations.
The article below focuses on military integration. In this regard, we recommend another RT piece titled Russia & Belarus were FORCED to work on unified military doctrine because of increased pressure from West – Russian army chief.
NATO over the years has, despite original promises not to, encroached on territory as close to Russia as possible. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are members; not, however, Finland, Belarus and Ukraine, although pro-western militaries are positioned against the Russian border in Ukraine. There is talk of a ‘part’ (we assume the Donbass region in the far east) of Ukraine being given a free vote on whether to rejoin Russia or not.
We remind readers of the articles we published between 2020 and 2021, illustrating the attempts at regime change that the western deep state was foisting on Belarus, including an attempt on Lukashenko’s life:
Putin & Lukashenko approve new military doctrine as they ink Russia-Belarus integration docs
The Russian and Belarusian presidents have signed a revised Union State military doctrine, as well as a package of other integration documents, paving the way for bringing the two nations closer together.
The landmark documents were signed by Vladimir Putin and Aleksandr Lukashenko on Thursday during a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State of Russia and Belarus. Due to Covid-19 measures, the meeting was held via a video link.
The new military doctrine, also signed on Wednesday, would “make defense policy more coherent [and] adapt the objectives of the defense ministries in a timely fashion,” State Secretary of the Union State Dmitry Mezentsev said.
Announcing the revision last month, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said the doctrine had been updated to better coordinate the actions of the two nations, not only purely in the military arena, but also to resist the economic and political pressure coming from the “so-called collective West.”
Putin and Lukashenko also signed a package of integration documents containing 28 programs designed to unify the legislation and policies of the two nations, bringing them closer together.The integration program is focused on economics, and includes the creation of a unified gas and oil market, as well as closer cooperation on nuclear energy.
The Russia-Belarus Union was created back in 1999, and outlined plans for deep cooperation and integration between the two countries. While the project originally foresaw the establishment of a joint parliament, cabinet, and courts, along with other shared institutions, effectively morphing the two countries into a unified state, none of these plans have since materialized.
Merging the two countries into a single state “isn’t on the agenda at all,” Lukashenko told CNN last month, when asked whether the reinvigorated integration process might lead to Belarus being “slowly absorbed into Russia.”
“This is a product of the collective Western imagination,” he stated, adding that he and Putin were “intelligent enough to create a union of two independent states” that would be sufficiently strong.
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