Belarus and Russia resume discussion of integration roadmaps

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This was announced today by Belarus ‘ Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Semashko during the VII forum of regions of Belarus and Russia, BelTA reports. He noted that 28.5 out of 30 roadmaps were agreed, and acute issues related to gas prices and compensation for the oil tax maneuver. He also added that the first terms of the agreements will be significantly shifted. Semashko did not say anything about the discussion of the 31st road map and the creation of supranational bodies of the two countries.
According to Vladimir Semashko, first Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Snopkov was in Moscow last week to discuss the algorithm for further integration work. The Belarusian Ambassador to Russia noted that “we need to update” the road maps.
— We discussed the algorithm. I don’t know what the road maps will be called. — Primas’. BelTA), but they need to be updated in time, ” the Ambassador said. — There were 30 cards, 28 and a half of them were agreed. There were some points about the price of gas and compensation for the tax maneuver on oil. These maps require more detailed discussion, the rest is all agreed. What were the deadlines? We had to introduce certain norms and intergovernmental agreements from January 1, 2020, and today, thank God, October is coming. Everything will move in time somewhat.
Negotiations on deep integration with Russia started in the fall of last year. 30 road maps were developed, which, according to the then Prime Minister Sergei Rumas, concerned exclusively the economic side. However, in December, information about the 31st road map appeared. On December 23, 2019, Dmitry Medvedev, who was then Prime Minister, told about it. According to him, after completing 30 other maps, “it will be possible to look at the 31st one.”
Later, the source told RBC that the 31st road map implies the creation of 12 supranational bodies of the two countries. These include the unified emission center, which implies the introduction of a single currency, the accounting chamber and the court of the Union state, the unified customs authority, the unified property accounting authority of the Union state, the unified tax and Antimonopoly authorities, as well as the unified regulators in the field of transport, industry, agriculture, communications, plus the regulator of the unified gas, oil and electricity markets.
After the start of the integration talks, a wave of protests by opponents of the Association took place in Belarus. The negotiation process eventually turned into a sluggish stage.