December 3, 2009 / 10:14 AM / 10 years ago

Putin links Belarus economic aid to political integration

MOSCOW, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday said further economic preferences for Belarus would depend on the degree of political integration between the two countries in a union state.

“The deeper this integration, the greater the possibility we can move to internal Russian prices,” said Putin in an annual question-and-answer session with Russian citizens.

Putin said Russia had given enough financial aid already to Belarus. (Reporting by Conor Sweeney; Editing by Michael Stott) ((conor.sweeney@reuters.com; +7 495 775 1242; Reuters Messaging: conor.sweeney.reuters.com@reuters.net))

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