A new agreement on cooperation between the upper houses of the parliaments of Russia and Belarus was signed

A new agreement on cooperation between the upper houses of the parliaments of Russia and Belarus was signed

Valentina Matvienko
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The document, which is concluded for an indefinite period, states that the key condition for an effective joint response to new challenges is the deepening of integration within the Union State of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus. This was announced on November 24 by the Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko following the results of negotiations with the head of the upper house of the Belarusian parliament (Council of the Republic) Natalya Kochanova.

Valentina Matvienko and Natalya Kochanova, who was in Moscow on a working visit, signed an agreement on cooperation between the upper houses of the parliaments of Russia and Belarus – the Federation Council and the Council of the Republic. The document came into force from the date of signing, which took place in the building of the Chamber of Regions in Moscow on November 24. The agreement is concluded for an indefinite period, while, as indicated in the text, “each of the Parties may terminate this Agreement by sending a written notice to the other Party.”

In this case, the agreement shall terminate upon the expiry of six months from the date of receipt of such notice. Along with the entry into force of this document, the previous similar Cooperation Agreement between the Federation Council and the Council of the Republic, signed on June 4, 2012, ceased to be valid.

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As Valentina Matvienko noted, the new agreement is aimed at ensuring that the parliaments of the two countries jointly confront new challenges. “We enshrined in it opposition to the destructive pressure of the so-called collective West, the readiness to respond in a timely manner to unfriendly actions against our countries, violations of international law,” she stressed.

The Russian speaker also drew attention to the fact that the parliaments of Russia and Belarus “are unanimous that the key condition for an effective response to these challenges is deepening integration within the Union State through the active implementation of 28 union programs. This, as Matviyenko explained, is also fixed in the agreement.

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