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MOSCOW, July 09, /ITAR-TASS/. Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan are the driving force for integration processes in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday, July 9.
“The Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union, to be created from January 1 of next year, which was signed by the three countries in Astana on May 29 will raise cooperation to a qualitatively new level,” Lavrov said at a meeting with the heads of branches and personnel of the Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation.
“A new powerful centre of economic development and a large common market are emerging, which will rightfully make it attractive for CIS partners. Armenia will become a member of the Eurasian Economic Union in the near future and negotiations are underway with Kyrgyzstan. There are other CIS countries that wish to join in,” the minister said.
He said the key areas of Russia’s long-term foreign policy would be the strengthening of close and friendly ties and the development of mutually advantageous cooperation within the CIS.
“Special attention must be paid to creative work and the promotion of multifaceted humanitarian cooperation in the CIS, which will buttress economic integration,” he said.