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Greetings to participants in celebratory events on Russia-Belarus Unity Day

March 31, 2017

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to participants in celebratory events to mark the Day of Unity between the Peoples of Russia and Belarus.

The message reads, in part:

“I warmly congratulate you on the Day of Unity between the Peoples of Russia and Belarus.

For more than two decades, Russians and Belarusians have been confidently moving along the path of integration. Much has been done in this time. We have significantly strengthened our trade, economic, scientific, technical, humanitarian and security ties, and consistent work is underway to harmonise national laws in key areas.

A meaningful dialogue has been established between all branches of power; there are active contacts between regions and cities, and direct links between Russian and Belarusian business communities. The two countries’ citizens are guaranteed equal rights in employment, education, healthcare and social security.

One of the most important areas of allied relations is the coordination of our foreign policy activities. Russia and Belarus cooperate in resolving important current issues on the regional and global agenda, working closely together within the framework of the UN, OSCE and other international organisations.

I am confident that the further expansion of the entire range of mutually beneficial ties in the Union State format meets the fundamental interests of our peoples, and is progressing towards greater stability and security in the Eurasian space.”

March 31, 2017