Belarus-Russia: Has bilateral integration happened?
After about three years of tough talks between Belarus and Russia, the deepening of bilateral integration saga is formally nearing its end. The two governments have approved 28 programmes of sectoral integration within the Union State, which are expected to be signed in November. Yet, since their beginning, the talks have taken place behind closed doors and the public has largely been kept in the dark about their contents. Even now that Moscow and Minsk have announced their successful completion, publicly available information is limited and there are more questions than answers about the actual outcomes.