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December 25. /ITAR-TASS/. On Tuesday, the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council held a meeting in Moscow involving the presidents of the member-countries of the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space bringing together Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. The presidents have discussed the progress of creating a Eurasian economic union by January 1, 2015 and the roadmaps for Armenia and Kyrgyzstan to join the Eurasian projects. Serious contradictions were found at the meeting in the approaches of Belarus and Kazakhstan towards further integration development.
At the Kremlin talks the presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan have stated about their substantial claims to Russia’s main integration project on the post-Soviet space, Kommersant daily reported. The talks that will continue in 2014 do not tend to be easy, as Belarus and Kazakhstan believe that the handover of sovereign powers in the future union is impossible on a broad list of issues, the powers of the union should be determined clearly. This stance generally contradicts Russia’s point of view that the integration processes in the future union are just launched and it is senseless to restrict their spread.
Belarus has mainly made the country’s critical remarks over the lack of integration elements inside the future union, the daily noted. Belarusian President Aleksander Lukashenko insisted that a new union should be given the status of “an international organisation, which will be vested with required legal subjectivity.” For this goal he proposed to rule out the possibility when the member-countries of a Eurasian economic union will have an opportunity to cancel the decisions taken by the supra-national structures of the future union.
For his part, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev warned against excessive politicising of the process to create the union. He has actually criticised too optimistically minded experts (mainly Russian experts), who had been drafting the project. “Let’s create an economic union, everything will take place at its proper time. We are building an economic union, therefore , the committee should not include the provisions beyond the scope of economic integration in a treaty,” the Kazakh president said.
Next stages of further integration are the following: a list of deductions and restrictions should be made within the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space and concrete deadlines to eliminate them should be set by March 1, a union treaty is planned to sign already by May 1. Future Eurasian economic union states will settle the formalities and discrepancies for the remaining period of time. “So far the allied states have more discrepancies that they would like to have. The presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan did not hesitate to say what does not suit them. Sometimes even in a too tough way,” the daily reported.
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