Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met with Belarusian Prime Minister Vladimir Myasnikovich on Tuesday in order to discuss the future of trade and economic relations between the two neighbors.
“I am glad to have this opportunity to discuss current affairs, taking advantage of the format of a meeting between the CIS prime ministers,” Prime Minister Medvedev said, according to InterFax.
“If we talk about Russian-Belarusian relations, in my view, they are seeing a very good time now. They have known different times, but now they are very good because, apart from the fact that we enjoy mutual understanding on all political issues, we also have economic successes.” Medvedev went on to note that the two countries nearly totaled $40 billion in cross border trade last year, InterFax reports.
The two prime ministers met in the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, where they are scheduled to take part in a May 30 conference involving all CIS prime ministers. At their meeting, Medvedev invited his Belarusian counterpart to come to St. Petersburg for the meeting of the Customs Union on June 15. Myasnikovich accepted the Russian Prime Minister’s invitation, congratulating Medvedev on his party’s success in recent elections.