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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Belarus-Russia Union

MINSK, Belarus -- Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, an ardent proponent of union with Russia, said Wednesday that a planned treaty with Moscow might not amount to a full union.

"[In the draft treaty] there is no united state, but this is what we, or rather Russia, can afford today," Lukashenko told reporters.

But he also said even a more modest treaty would be possible only after Russia's parliament had ratified previous economic agreements.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is expected to bring a detailed treaty draft to Belarus on Sept. 8.