Moscow, April 18 (RFE/RL) - The Russian State Duma is expected to ratify two important agreements with CIS countries on closer political and economic integration when it convenes tomorrow.
Our correspondent in Moscow quotes Duma deputies as saying the
legislators intend to ratify an agreement on closer integration with
Belarus that was reached on April 2. The treaty calls for closer
links between the economies and political systems of the two countries, but stops short of forming a single state.
The Russian legislators say ratification of another treaty from March 27, on forming closer ties with Kazakhstan, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan, is also on tomorrow's agenda.
Our correspondent says Deputy Foreign Minister Boris Pastukhov will address the parliamentarians before they cast votes on whether to
ratify the Russian-Belarus accord. Pastukhov is expected to explain what the agreement entails.