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5 Mar 2019

Lukashenko: Eurasian integration is going backwards

Lukashenko: Eurasian integration is going backwards

MINSK, 5 March (BelTA) – Eurasian integration has been making little headway, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at a session to discuss integration projects and cooperation with European organizations on 5 March, BelTA has learned.

“Many economic matters were transferred from the Union State agenda to the EAEU. Unfortunately, Eurasian integration is turning or has already turned back. I learn about barriers, obstacles and restrictions for our economic operators. The absence of meaningful efforts to remove them is covered by some digital agenda,” the head of state said.

He emphasized that the EAEU was supposed to achieve some other goals as well, for example, the establishment of the common market and enforcement of equal conditions. “Maybe, we need to go back to the package principle in addressing some burning issues and in removing barriers and restrictions? The answer to this question is important for the future of Eurasian integration,” the Belarusian leader said.

The president noted that the CIS remains a key market for Belarus, as Belarusian products are well known in the CIS member states. “I would add Ukraine and Georgia to this group, because we trade a lot with these countries and maintain good relations with them,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

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