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New Russian President Medvedev visits Belarus

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Russia’s new president has visited his opposite number in Belarus, on the 67th anniversary of Belarus’s invasion by the Nazis.

Their talks focussed on energy co-operation, and it is believed Minsk will ask Russia for more generous terms in gas supplies over the next three years, during which the price will go up from two-thirds to 90 percent of the market price. Last year, Belarus only paid around 50 euros for every 1,000 cubic metres.

Also under discussion are the two nations’ plans to create a unified state, once ethusiastically supported by Moscow, and now rather less so. It was created in 1997, but has yet to be properly set up, or constitutionally sealed by treaty.