MOSCOW, June 23. /TASS/. The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and China’s One Belt, One Road initiative have made significant steps towards joint development, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday. He was talking to the participants of a high-level video conference on cooperation as part of the One Belt and One Road Initiative in the Asia-Pacific region.
"Our Chinese friends are successfully implementing the large-scale One Belt and One Road project aimed at strengthening infrastructure connectivity and ensuring sustainable growth. In turn, the integration processes within the Eurasian Economic Union are being effectively implemented. We have made significant progress in combining the plans for the development of the EAEU and the construction of the One Belt, One Road project. In particular, the implementation of the Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation between the EAEU and China continues," the minister said.
According to him, such a combination of efforts lays a solid foundation for a wide range of interaction in Eurasia, which is in line with the concept of "integration of integrations".
"The initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the creation of a Greater Eurasian Partnership - an "umbrella" format that involves the unification of the potentials of states and international organizations, primarily the EAEU, SCO and ASEAN is aimed at implementing this task. In this regard, the agreement between the leaders of Russia and China regarding coordinated promotion of the Greater Eurasian Partnership and the One Belt, One Road project is extremely important," Lavrov concluded.