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Belarusian president calls to solve problems of future Eurasian Economic Union

April 29, 2014, 22:03 UTC+3 MINSK
“There are fears that economic difficulties might arise. We are fully aware of that, but otherwise we should speak about the Eurasian Economic Union in ten years, too,” Alexander Lukashenko says
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MINSK, April 29. /ITAR-TASS/. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is confident that all problems that might arise while forming the Eurasian Economic Union should be settled now, but not in ten years.

“The Eurasian Economic Union Treaty will be signed very soon, so the question is what we will have by the time of signing,” Lukashenko said, opening a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Council on Tuesday. “Some say we should leave unsettled the problem we should have solved at previous stages.” In his words, the current agenda should include concrete landmark stages, the first of which was the formation of the full-format Customs Union. Member states of such Union, in his words, should have no restrictions in commodity movement. If any commodity restrictions, especially applicable to fuels, were preserved for a long time, it would create undesired precedents, he said.

“Approaches stated in the process of negotiations give rise to numerous questions,” Lukashenko noted. “Proposals concerning the deadlines of the implementation of agreements in ten years, or by 2025, sound at least strange.” According to the Belarusian leader, if the sides were not ready to take corresponding measures now, this fact should be openly recognized. “There are fears that economic difficulties might arise. We are fully aware of that, but otherwise we should speak about the Eurasian Economic Union in ten years, too,” he said.

He noted that other aspects of the future Eurasian Economic Union were worth discussing as well. Such aspects, in his words, included cargo trucking from thirds countries. “Isn’t it absurd that Polish, Lithuanian and other freight forwarders take advantage from the integration of our countries,” he noted.

He stressed that the future Eurasian Economic Union’s attractiveness to other countries would depend largely on its efficiency. “Our position is to admit other members in accordance with the package principle, without any special conditions or statuses,” he stressed, adding that it would be fair in respect of the founder countries.

He said it was not right to seek integration just for the sake of taking part rather than achieving concrete results. “On January 1, 2015, we must say our citizens where we have arrived at and what our states have got,” he added.

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