Medvedev, Lukashenko holding negotiations in Kremlin

MOSCOW, December 10 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko began negotiations in the Kremlin on Thursday. The presidents are holding eye-to-eye negotiations before a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Russia-Belarus Union State.

Medvedev and Lukashenko are expected "to focus on building up the economic foundations of Russian-Belarusian integration cooperation with due account of the current decisions to bring into effect the Customs Union of three EurAsEC countries - Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan starting January 1, 2010," a Kremlin source told Itar-Tass.

The members of the governments will join the leaders of the countries later. The summit is timed to the 10th anniversary of the Union State Treaty (marked on December 8). On this occasion the countries are planning to sign at the top level a declaration, which will reflect the main recent results of developing the integration ties, as well as promising tasks in this sphere.

At the summit the sides are also planning to sign several bilateral agreements, particularly an intergovernmental agreement establishing cultural and information centers, as well as an agreement on development of military-technical cooperation.

The presidents will give a press conference after the summit.


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