President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko stated that Russia “drags on” the negotiations on integration. He also urged to define particular issues between the meeting of the presidents, as RIA News reported.
According to the Belarusian leader, the negotiating group from the Russian side and the Russian government has twice delayed the solution of the issues concerning integration. Lukashenko specified that negotiating tactic was developed.
It is noted that the president has already ordered the State Secretary of Union State of Russia and Belarus Grigory Rapota to accelerate the process and develop the agenda for meeting with Vladimir Putin, which will take place on July 17-18.
Earlier, Vladimir Putin denied plans to unite Russia and Belarus in a single Union State, as he said at his annual “straight line”, during which he answers the questions of the representatives of the community on the phone.
Earlier, Lukashenko stated that he would not call Russia a fraternal state anymore but only a partner. Besides, the Belarusian president expressed the opinion that Moscow wants to incorporate Belarus into the composition of Russia on the pretext of “deep integration”.
Alexander Lukashenko has requested the government to work out the issue of the alternatives of the oil supply through Baltic countries instead of Russia.