On Thursday Russia's Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov had negotiations with his Belarussian counterpart Gennady Novitsky in Moscow.
During the meeting the Premiers exchanged their opinions on a wide range of issues connected with the fulfilment of agreements on forming a common economic area, the government information department has told journalists. Introduction of a Russian rouble as a single currency for the Union State of Russia and Belarus will be the key issue at the negotiations. Previously, the parties had already agreed to introduce a single currency since January 1st, 2005.
The Head of the Central Bank, financiers, economists and a representative for the Foreign Ministry also participated in the two Premiers' meeting.
An explosion of household gas occurred in a nine-storeyed apartment building in the city of Shakhty, the Rostov region of Russia. The blast destroyed two storeys of the building