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Belarus considers union with Russia without undermining sovereignty

Moscow, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The creation of a Union State with Russia does not mean that Belarus will lose its sovereignty, according to the latter's foreign minister, Vladimir Makei, local media reported on Monday.

The diplomat explained that along with some supranational structures, the treaty recognizes the countries’ right to maintain an independent foreign policy and the supremacy of their state power in terms of domestic policy.

Interviewed by Kommersant newspaper, Makei assured that the fears about the possibility that Belarus ‘be absorbed by Russia’ are absolutely unfounded.

It is difficult in today’s world that small countries, which do not have significant resources, are alone, so Belarusian citizens must understand that ‘integration is necessary to preserve the State,’ he said.

The Belarusian foreign minister mentioned, as an example, the European Union, whose members, he said, sacrificed part of their national functions while enhancing cooperation.

Russia and Belarus grant great importance to the union between the two countries, which itself represents the most advanced form of integration in the post-Soviet space, according to Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov.