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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lukashenko in Moscow

MOSCOW -- Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko was quoted as saying Tuesday that he and President Boris Yeltsin would sign a Belarus-Russia union treaty "at a solemn ceremony" in the first half of December.

Lukashenko made his comments after meeting Yeltsin at the Kremlin, Interfax reported.

Yeltsin's spokesman, Dmitry Yakushkin, declined to comment on the Interfax report.

The Belarussian leader, who has championed the pact since his election in 1994, is to address the lower house of parliament Wednesday and deputies in the Communist-dominated State Duma are likely to give him a rousing welcome.