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Eurasian Economic Union open for other countries, says Russian ministry

December 27, 2014, 18:03 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Russian Foreign Ministry said pointed out the successes of the Eurasian integration project, saying it acquired special dynamics in 2014

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MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) is open for other countries who would like to join it, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday in a comment on the main political results of the outgoing year.

It pointed out the successes of the Eurasian integration project, saying it acquired special dynamics in 2014.

The signing of the EEU foundation treaty on May 29 in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, and the launch of the EEU on January 1, 2015, laid a solid foundation for the rise of a full-fledged international organization that would have the necessary institutional framework.

The ministry recalled that Armenia was getting full-scale membership of the organization as of January 2, 2015, and an agreement on Kyrgyzstan's joining the union was signed on December 23.

About forty countries and organizations voiced readiness to sign agreements on a free trade zone with the EEU, the commentary said. "The EEU is open for other states."

The Foreign Ministry also noted intensive collaboration with Belarus in the format of the Union State. "Coordination of actions in the sphere of foreign policy, defence and security within the framework of the processes of economic integration, the deepening of collaboration in the social and humanitarian spheres" were all parts of routine activity in the context the Union State project

The commentary underlined the diversified relationship between Russia and Kazakhstan.

"The Russian-Kazakhstani treaty on good-neighborliness and allied relations in the 21st century is called upon to accelerate this relationship further," it said. "The document is adapted to match today's reality and the conditions of Eurasian integration and it it aimed at a joint rebuffing of the threats and challenges, which have sprung up in recent years."

Multi-aspect cooperation in various formats in the space of the Commonwealth of Independent States also saw intensive development.

"More than twenty treaties and guideline documents were adopted and the effective sphere of the treaty on the CIS free trade zone expanded after Uzbekistan had joined it as the ninth constituent country," the commentary said.

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