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Belarus and Russia Identify Priority Areas for Cooperation and Develop Approaches to Addressing Issues in Military-Technical Sphere

Belarus and Russia Identify Priority Areas for Cooperation and Develop Approaches to Addressing Issues in Military-Technical Sphere 11 June 2018

Belarus and Russia Identify Priority Areas for Cooperation and Develop Approaches to Addressing Issues in Military-Technical Sphere

From 3 to 6 June 2018, the 19th meeting of the Belarusian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation (hereinafter referred to as the Commission) took place in Minsk. Members of the Belarusian and Russian parts of the Commission, representatives of ministries, departments and organisations of Belarus and Russia attended the meeting.
On 5 June, Chairman of the Belarusian State Military Industrial Committee (Goscomvoyenprom) Oleg Dvigalev met with Dmitry Shugaev, Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC of Russia). The parties noted the high level of cooperation and confirmed mutual interest in further developing military-technical cooperation between Belarus and Russia. They also summarised the activities of the expert group and focused attention on the most important issues on the agenda of the Commission meeting.
Opening the 19th meeting of the Commission, Oleg Dvigalev, who is also the chairman of the Belarusian part of the Commission, noted that the special, strategic nature of relations between the two countries is built consistently and dynamically throughout the whole structure of interaction, including in the military-technical sphere, which is currently one of the priorities for our state.
Oleg Dvigalev stated that the implementation of the Treaty between the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation on the development of military-technical cooperation of 10 December 2009 made it possible to significantly raise the efficiency of arms deliveries in the interests of the armed forces of the two countries and to build effective cooperation chains between Belarusian and Russian defence companies.
In turn, Dmitry Shugaev, Director of FSMTC of Russia and Chairman of the Russian part of the Commission, thanked the Belarusian side for the warm welcome and stressed that military-technical cooperation between Russia and Belarus is one of the positive examples of bilateral cooperation and priority areas for the development of the Union State. This cooperation is gaining momentum and has real prospects for further development.
According to Dmitry Shugaev, he is especially pleased to award Dmitry Pantus, Deputy Chairman of Goscomvoyenprom, the Russian FSMTC’s Medal “For Distinction” in the year of the 65th anniversary since the creation of the state administration system of Russia’s military-technical cooperation with foreign countries.
Within the framework of the agenda, the Commission discussed the implementation of decisions taken at the 18th meeting and stressed the importance of the work done to implement them. It also identified priority areas for further bilateral cooperation and developed approaches to addressing challenges.
In particular, the Commission discussed a number of bilateral military-technical cooperation issues concerning cooperation and practical interaction between Belarusian and Russian defence companies in the interests of supplying and upgrading weapons and military equipment, developing advanced weapons and equipment, carrying out a certification of a number of Belarusian companies to give them a right to overhaul Russian-made weapons and military equipment, and also pricing military products for the export to third markets.
The main attention was paid to the improvement and further development of the existing contractual regulatory framework, which currently meets the standards, functions efficiently and is timely adjusted. In particular, the work on updating the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of the Russian Federation on the implementation of the Military-Technical Cooperation Programme between the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation till 2020 is being completed.
At the end of the meeting, the protocol was signed by Oleg Dvigalev from the Belarusian side and Dmitry Shugaev from the Russian side.
The Commission decided to hold the twentieth anniversary meeting of the Russian-Belarusian Intergovernmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation in Russia.


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