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Congratulations to President of Belarus on Russia-Belarus Unity Day

April 2, 2011

Dmitry Medvedev sent President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko a congratulatory message on the Day of Unity between the Peoples of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.

The telegram reads, in part:

“Our nations are linked by strong bonds of common history, friendship and centuries-long brotherhood. This makes us particularly responsible for effectively promoting Russian-Belarusian integration cooperation based on the principles of equality and mutual advantage. With the creation of the  Customs Union and the formation of the Common Economic Space, we are making a heartfelt step in this direction. It is important to continue our joint work – with participation by our Kazakhstani partners – to transition to the next step in integration: the Eurasian Economic Union.

I expect the implementation of our plans will provide new momentum to developing Russian-Belarusian relations and will encourage the resolution of problems that our nations are facing. These include converting the economy to an innovation-based development track and improving the well-being of our nations’ citizens. It is no less important to give special attention to the real consolidation of democratic foundations of statehood and protection of people’s rights and freedoms. I am certain that this meets the fundamental interests of the peoples of Russia and Belarus, and ensures stability and security on the European continent.”

April 2, 2011