The message reads, in part:
“I would like to greet you all on the Day of Unity between the Peoples of Russia and Belarus – a wonderful holiday that symbolises the inseparable bonds of fraternal friendship, and spiritual and cultural kinship linking the peoples of our countries.
Established over two decades ago, the Union State represents the closest integration in the post-Soviet space. Owing to its development, Russia and Belarus have considerably enhanced their bilateral cooperation in all areas.
They have closely coordinated their efforts in foreign policy, defence and national security and are carrying out joint projects in infrastructure, energy, science and technology, and cultural cooperation, among other areas.”
The two countries are rapidly developing inter-regional ties, parliamentary dialogue, contacts between business and academic circles and ties between public organisations. Their priority tasks include forming a common legal space, making their educational systems more compatible, and improving mechanisms of trade and economic exchange.
I am convinced that through joint efforts we will further advance the productive cooperation and integration of Russia and Belarus in the interests if our fraternal peoples.”