Union of Russia and Belarus

   Originally known as the Commonwealth of Russia and Belarus, the special relationship between the Russian Federation and Belarus dates to 2 April 1996 when Minsk and Moscow expanded on the existing linkage provided by their joint membership in the Commonwealth of Independent States. A bicameral parliament, with equal representation from both states, was subsequently convened. The relationship was further expanded under Boris Yeltsin and Aleksandr Lukashenko in 1997 through the Treaty on the Union between Belarus and Russia, which gave rise to the current name of the union. Disputes over common economic and energy policies stymied meaningful integration in the ensuing years, and enthusiasm for the project waned. Customs controls were resumed in 2001, effectively terminating one of the most important benefits of the original relationship. Despite a resurgence of interest in 2006, the countries’ failure to introduce a common currency and Minsk’s decision to fix its ruble to the U.S. dollar in 2008 demonstrated the weakness of a common front on financial matters. However, the tenets of the union still govern bilateral relations between the two neighbors. On several occasions, other states have expressed interest in joining the so-called Union State, including Serbia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and the breakaway republics of Transnistria, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia.

Historical Dictionary of the Russian Federation. . 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Union of Russia and Belarus — Infobox Country native name = Союзное государство России и Белоруссии Soyuznoye gosudarstvo Rossii i Belorussii Union State of Russia and Belarus The Union of Russia and Belarus ( ru. Союз России и Белоруссии, СРБ; Soyuz Rossii i Byelorussii, SRB …   Wikipedia

  • Russia and the United Nations — Russia s membership in the United Nations after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, was the succession of the Soviet Union s seat, including its permanent membership on the UN Security Council. The succession was supported by the USSR s… …   Wikipedia

  • Russia and weapons of mass destruction — Weapons of mass destruction …   Wikipedia

  • List of Jews from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus — This List of Jews contains individuals who, in accordance with Wikipedia s and policies, have been identified as Jews by . A few years before the Shoah, the Jewish population of the Soviet lands (excluding the Baltic states) stood at over 5… …   Wikipedia

  • National Dairy Producers Union (of Russia) — Founded 21st of March, 2008 Members 3000 Country Russian Federation Head union Danilenko, Andrei Lvovich Chairman of the Board Khairullin, Airat Nazipovich President Office location Moscow, Russia …   Wikipedia

  • History of Soviet Russia and the Soviet Union (1917–1927) — The History of the Soviet Union has roots in the Russian Revolution of 1917. The Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Lenin, emerged as the main political force in the capital of the former Russian Empire, though they had to fight a long and bloody civil… …   Wikipedia

  • International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology — The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) is an international non governmental organisation concerned with biochemistry and molecular biology[citation needed]. Formed in 1955 as the International Union of Biochemistry …   Wikipedia

  • International Union of Exhibitions and Fairs — (IUEF) is an association of the leading exhibition centres and trade show related companies from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1991.External links* [http://www.uefexpo.ru/… …   Wikipedia

  • Union Russie/Biélorussie — Union de la Russie et de la Biélorussie Union de la Russie et de la Biélorussie Drapeau et blason proposés …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Union slave — Union de la Russie et de la Biélorussie Union de la Russie et de la Biélorussie Drapeau et blason proposés …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.