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27 Feb 2020

Lukashenko wants no exemptions in new Eurasian integration strategy

Lukashenko wants no exemptions in new Eurasian integration strategy
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MINSK, 27 February (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko believes that strategic areas of Eurasian economic integration for the period till 2025 should be formalized in a binding document that will be free from any exemptions. The matter was discussed at the meeting with Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Mikhail Myasnikovich on 27 February, BelTA has learned.

“We are set to sign the 2025 integration strategy in Minsk in May this year. Naturally, we should offer a meaningful version of this strategy, without any exemptions and so on. If we want our union to be based on real integration principles (we should reiterate them in this strategy for those who forgot) we should offer a meaningful integration program,” the head of state emphasized.

Aleksandr Lukashenko believes that the work on establishing common markets in the EAEU should be done step by step without waiting for 2025. “We should prevent a scenario when we will gather in December 2024 and we will fail again to come to terms, as someone will not be ready to embrace the common principles of the oil and gas market, and the markets of agricultural products and alcoholic beverages, and then we will start making up exemptions or keeping restrictions and so on. Thus, we should embark on the work and proceed with it gradually till 2025,” the president said.

“As far as the common oil and gas market is concerned (this market is important for us, therefore I use it as an example), in 2021-2024 we should gradually switch to the common pricing principles,” Aleksandr Lukashenko believes.

A reminder, Mikhail Myasnikovich outlined the priorities the commission should focus on at a session of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission in early February. He noted that in accordance with the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty and decisions made by EAEU heads of state it will be necessary to set up genuinely working common markets. “We should be objective: more effective measures to achieve that goal are now necessary,” Mikhail Myasnikovich stressed.

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