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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Belarus Accepts Union

MOSCOW -- Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said a proposed union agreement with Russia is weak but better than nothing, Itar-Tass reported.

A draft of the proposed agreement was published last week, the next step toward adopting the merger treaty, which law requires be introduced to the public for debate before going to the two countries' parliaments for approval.

Although Lukashenko has harshly criticized the draft, "it's either we adopt this one or do not adopt anything at all. The process should go on," he said Monday in remarks to journalists in Belarus.