Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Igor Petrishenko has got into a car accident in Russia in which two women died, a source at the Belarusian embassy in Moscow told TASS. “It is true that a car belonging to the Belarusian embassy had an accident in the territory of the Smolensk region that claimed the lives of two people,” the embassy source said. Ambassador Igor Petrishenko who sat at the back of the car and his driver were seriously injured.
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“In turn, State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota noted the importance of such forums as they generate certain ideas and initiatives. As an example, he cited the publication of the book on the history of development of Russian-Belarusian relations. “It is already being prepared. I hope it will be released this year. It will be not the only one because Moscow State University suggested writing another book. These are serious, unbiased books, with a deep scientific insight into the history,” said Grigory Rapota.
The media forum “Discovering the Union State: from Brest to Vladivostok” is running in Moscow on 10-11 November. It has gathered Belarusian and Russian experts and journalists who specialize in the interstate cooperation, tourism and culture. The event was organized by the Union State Permanent Committee, the international news agency Rossiya Segodnya.”
“In 2009, Belarus and Russia signed an agreement to develop the joint air defense system. “This agreement originates from the 1995 Agreement, when the heads of the CIS countries signed an agreement on the joint air defense system of the Commonwealth of Independent States. But given the specifics, and in view of our close interaction, Belarus and Russia went further ahead. This agreement provides for joint guarding of the western borders of the Union State, and for provision of advanced technical equipment for the air and air defense forces,” the Ambassador said.
Igor Petrishenko noted that Belarus and Russia have set up a joint regional force. The two states pursue a coordinated military policy on the issues of nuclear disarmament, including in the UN, OSCE, actively interact within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.”