Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev linked additional forms of economic cooperation with Belarus to the full implementation of the agreed integration “roadmaps”, interfax.by reports.
“Additional forms of cooperation are possible only if the ‘roadmaps’ are implemented, embodied in laws.
After that, we can talk about compensation for the tax maneuver, or rather, about the so-called reverse excise tax, when tax our regulations are unified,” Medvedev said in an interview with the pool of state journalists.
The prime minister noted that he doesn’t have plans to visit Belarus’ capital before the end of this year.
“We did a substantial amount of work with our comrades (…), in general, it was comfortable working with the Belarusian government. The work has been done, the maps have been agreed upon, and we can move on to the accelerated promotion of integration,” Medvedev said.
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It is necessary to fulfil the roadmaps conditions and adopt unified legislation on all issues to achieve this, he added. He also stated that roadmaps under discussion are from the first to the 30th, while the 31st on “further integration, including supranational bodies, a single currency and issue center” can be considered afterwards.
“The road is now open for this, the documents have been agreed upon,” he concluded.
No such roadmap
Belarus has repeatedly stated that 31 points are indeed agreed in a set of roadmaps under consideration, however, a single currency and a single emission center is out of the question.
“Before talking about the introduction of a single currency, the creation of a single emission center, we must first establish normal trade and economic cooperation, and remove all barriers and obstacles,” Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei earlier stated.
This was pointed out by the head of the National Bank of Belarus Pavel Kalallur too. In a conversation with reporters in November, he stressed that the talks about the transition to the Russian ruble or some kind of supranational currency “has no basis”.
The fact that there is no single currency and supranational bodies in the 31st roadmap was confirmed to TUT.BY by sources close to the negotiations.