A CONFERENCE OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL
RTR, Vesti, July 10, 1999, 20:00
On July 10, the premier held a meeting of the Security Council. According to official sources, the main topic of the meeting was preparation for the upcoming elections and how to secure “their honesty and purity”. The situation in the North Caucasus was also discussed at the meeting, but journalists were not allowed into the hall when this problem was being discussed.
A NEW RUSSIAN-BELARUSSIAN UNION TREATY TO BE DRAFTED
ORT, Novosti, July 10, 1999, 21:00
Boris Yeltsin has told Premier Stepashin to see to the elaboration of a new draft Union Treaty between Russia and Belarus.
After Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko criticized Russia’s tardiness in this affair and threatened to reorient Belarus’ foreign policy toward the West, the US Ambassador to Belarus returned to Minsk. He has not lived in Belarus for nearly a year, since the scandal surrounding his Drozdy residence.
Russian Premier Sergei Stepashin and Belarussian Premier Sergei Ling recently held a meeting of the Russian-Belarussian Executive Committee. They managed to settle one matter: the question of the currency of the union. As is known, Belarus has consented to introduce the Russian ruble in Belarus. This process will take approximately eight years
There are not many adversaries of the Union Treaty between Russia and Belarus. The best known is Grigory Yavlinsky. There is no doubt that Russia may pay for this union. The amalgamation of the two different economic systems will be a great ordeal for the Russian ruble.