MINSK - Russia is ready to cancel roaming with Belarus, and the matter can be solved by September 15, Valentina Matviyenko, speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament, said on Thursday.
“We, the Russian side, are ready, the Belarusian side is concerned about a shortfall in income,” Matviyenko said. “As the ambassador of Belarus to Russia said, the matter will be tackled by September 15.”
The speaker also asked the Belarusian colleagues to speed up the matter.
Mikhail Myasnikovich, chairman of the Council of the Republic, the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament, said Minsk can make a decision on the abolition of roaming with Russia on August 2.
In June 2017 the prospects of slashing roaming tariffs to zero was on the agenda for a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State. Chairwoman of Russia’s Federation Council, the parliament’s upper house, Valentina Matviyenko asked Communications and Mass Media Minister Nikolai Nikiforov to consider cancellation of pay roaming between Russia and Belarus. Nikiforov said that Russia was an active proponent of reducing connection prices. Back then Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko also supported the idea and gave relevant instructions to the government.