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MOSCOW, November 16 (Itar-Tass) — Speaker of the State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament Boris Gryzlov called for launching the discussion of the declaration on the establishment of the Eurasian Union. "I believe we could now begin the discussion of the declaration for the establishment of the Eurasian Union, and continue along this way or we might follow a constructive plan envisioning the setting up of supra national bodies," the speaker said during the roundtable discussion which addressed prospects for integration processes in the post-Soviet space within the scope of the Eurasian Union.
Gryzlov underlined that "the Eurasian Union will certainly be a union of sovereign states."
"Nobody implies, by using the term "big country," the establishment of a new one country, none of those present here assumes that we must move along this way," he added.
Earlier, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in his article, called "A New Integration Project for Eurasian: Making a Future Today" explained that the Eurasian Union is expected to become a "sort of a centre of further integration processes," i.e. it will be formed by gradual merging of the existing bodies, such as the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space.
"We're not going to fence ourselves off from anyone or confront anyone. The Eurasian Union will be built on universal integration principles as an integral part of Greater Europe, brought together by common values of freedom, democracy and market laws," he stated.
"That will bring our integration processes to a fundamentally new level, open up new prospects for economic development and create additional competitive advantages. Such consolidation of our efforts will not only help us integrate into the global economy but will also enable us to have a real say in making decisions that set the rules of the game and lay down the foundation for future relations.
"I am convinced that the creation of the Eurasian Union and effective integration are the only way that will help its members to occupy a decent place in the complicated world of the 21st century. It’s only together that our countries can become leaders of global growth, enhance our civilization and achieve the ultimate goals of success and prosperity," Putin said.