On February 12-14, 2019 the head of the Center for international studies of the faculty of international relations of BSU A. S. Goretsky as part of the delegation of the Republic of Belarus took part in a visiting expert session for Belarusian researchers on “the Future of the Union state of Belarus and Russia: economy, security, humanitarian sphere”.

The event was organized by the Center for the history of geopolitics of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian-Belarusian expert club with the support of the Standing Committee of the Union state of Belarus and Russia.

It should be noted that this format of expert cooperation in Russian-Belarusian relations has been implemented for the first time. With the purpose of free exchange of opinions among participants of the expert session was held in the format “off the record”.

During the event, representatives of the Belarusian expert community visited the leading “think tanks” of Russia, where they discussed proposals for the development of Belarusian-Russian integration.

The dialogue took place at the sites of MGIMO University, RAS Institute of Europe, Moscow state University named after M. V. Lomonosov, Academy of a name of E. M. Primakov of the RAS with the participation of representatives of the Council on foreign and defense policy, Russian Council on international Affairs, PIR Center.

On the sidelines of the expert session, meetings were held with the Dean of the faculty of world politics of Lomonosov Moscow state University, academician A. Kokoshin, Director of the Institute of Europe of RAS, member-Corr. RAS Gromyko, Director of IMEMO ran, corresponding member. RAS F. Voitolovsky, MGIMO Vice-rector for research E. Kozhokin, honorary Chairman of the Presidium of the Council for foreign and defense policy S. Karaganov, editor-in-chief of the journal “Russia in global politics” F. Lukyanov, Chairman of the PIR center, Vice-President of the RIAC, Lieutenant-General E. Buzhinsky, etc.

Following the event on February 14, 2019, at the meeting of analysts with the Secretary of State of the Union state G. Rapota, the conclusions of expert discussions and relevant recommendations were presented in the Standing Committee of the Union state. The meeting was attended by the media of the Union state, a teleconference with the National press center in Minsk was also organized.

More detailed information about the visiting expert session of the Belarusian experts can be found on the information resources of the media of the Union state and the Internet portals of the participants of the event (Information and analytical portal of the Union state, the official website of the Standing Committee of the Union state, the Ministry of defense of the Republic of Belarus, the Russian-Belarusian expert club, SB – Belarus today, etc.).)