The telegram reads, in part:
“Our nations are linked by strong bonds of common history, friendship and centuries-long brotherhood. This makes us particularly responsible for effectively promoting Russian-Belarusian integration cooperation based on the principles of equality and mutual advantage. With the creation of the Customs Union and the formation of the Common Economic Space, we are making a heartfelt step in this direction. It is important to continue our joint work – with participation by our Kazakhstani partners – to transition to the next step in integration: the Eurasian Economic Union.
I expect the implementation of our plans will provide new momentum to developing Russian-Belarusian relations and will encourage the resolution of problems that our nations are facing. These include converting the economy to an innovation-based development track and improving the well-being of our nations’ citizens. It is no less important to give special attention to the real consolidation of democratic foundations of statehood and protection of people’s rights and freedoms. I am certain that this meets the fundamental interests of the peoples of Russia and Belarus, and ensures stability and security on the European continent.”