Thu, March 19, 2009
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Russian, Belarusian presidents meet on anti-crisis measures, energy co-op

2009-03-19 20:11:09 GMT2009-03-20 04:11:09 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MOSCOW, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday to discuss anti-crisis measures amid the ongoing global economic downturn, the president's press secretary said.

"The presidents have discussed in detail the additional measures, which need to be employed to prevent a slowdown in the Russian-Belarusian economic cooperation during the financial crisis," Natalya Timakova said.

The leaders agreed that the finance ministries of the two countries would hold a meeting on Friday "to further discuss future loans and other forms of economic cooperation," Timakova said.

The two presidents also touched upon energy cooperation, she said, adding that a working group would be formed to facilitate bilateral cooperation in the power industry, nuclear energy, and gas sector.

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