Holding its second session on November 3-4, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Russia-Belarus Union adopted a resolution condemning unnamed senior Russian officials for canceling Belarusan president Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s visit to Russia last month. Russian Duma chairman Gennady Seleznev, chairing the session, deplored the "inefficiency" of the Union’s executive and legislative organs and the absence of a Union budget, which precludes execution of "integration" decisions. Only 59 deputies from both sides attended the session, instead of the statutory 72. (Itar-Tass, November 4-5)
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