Russian one currency plan unacceptable to Belarus

BELARUS - Speaking on plans for the introduction of a single union currency, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka described the introduction of the Russian rouble in Belarus as a necessary step, but slammed Russian suggestions that roubles be issued by Russia alone.

He said: "Today I heard from an interesting statement from Russian Prime Minister (Mikhail Kasyanov): we are waiting for a reply from the Belarusian president to a message from the Russian president on the introduction of a s

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