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Eurasian Union has time factor

Answering journalists’ questions during a visit to Chernobyl-affected regions, Alexander Lukashenko noted that Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia are experiencing no real contradictions regarding the formation of the Eurasian Economic Union

By Tatiana Polezhaeva

“There are no fundamental disagreements, so we’ll form the Eurasian Union in 2015 for sure,” underlined Mr. Lukashenko. He noted that Belarus and Russia hold similar views on the establishment of the Union. “The issues Russia and Belarus can handle independently and the issues relating to the sovereign rights of our countries should not be under the jurisdiction of the Union. We should not delegate all sovereignty-related matters to the Eurasian Commission — a supranational body which is still weak. We’re able to handle these issues on our own while coordinating them with Russia and Kazakhstan,” believes the Belarusian leader. He said that Kazakhstan had serious objections to that. “However, it’s important that Kazakhstan assured that it would sign the agreement by 2015 for sure. It is a breakthrough decision.

Therefore, the Eurasian Union will be definitely established in 2015,” stresses the President. “There are no fundamental disagreements; however, there’re certain time frames,” added the Head of State.

Mr. Lukashenko noted that he plans to discuss these issues with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev during his forthcoming visit to Belarus. The Belarusian leader said that the two presidents are going to control the implementation of the bilateral agreements. According to him, Belarus takes part in 30 out of 35 Kazakh modernisation programmes. Belarus not only supplies machinery to this country but is also going to take part in agriculture development projects. According to Mr. Lukashenko, Kazakhstan would like to study Belarus’ experience. “We’re ready to construct agro-towns, supply machinery and reclaim farmlands: we can do a lot and we can share our expertise and knowledge in farming with our Kazakh friends,” noted the Head of State.

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