MINSK, October 25 (Itar-Tass) - The Presidents of Russia and Belarus, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, have expressed satisfaction with Thursday’s meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, which adopted agreements in principle on a draft Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union, which should take effect in 2015.
“I am very grateful to you, that you, as the chairman, have managed in a very cultured way to offer the compromise solutions, as a result of which we could attain the common coordinated and acceptable decisions on almost all issues,” Putin said at a separate meeting with Lukashenko.
“I’m very happy to have an opportunity to talk to you on our bilateral relations,” the Russian leader added.
Lukashenko said for his part that “it was a good day.”
“I would not say that we’ve had a breakthrough, but it's a big step that we have made in the course of our dialogue today. Most importantly we have made considerable progress thing on all the key issues related to the formation of our union during the preparation of the Treaty,” said Lukashenko.
He admitted that “the day before, we did not think we could advance so far on the issues of principle.”
“I think the negotiations will not drag on. In the context of the present day, probably we need to discuss three or four questions in order to see the prospect and make concrete decisions,” the Belarusian president added.