The president continues to pursue closer ties with Russia. On November 2nd Russian and Belarusian legislators approved a draft law on citizenship of the Union of Russia and Belarus. The law provides citizens of Russia and Belarus with equal legal status in both countries. If implemented, the law will have far-reaching implications for the political and economic situation in Belarus, bringing it under much more direct and open Russian influence. The president considers union with Russia to be one of his most important goals and repeatedly emphasises ties with Moscow and Russia's outlying regions.