The presidents discussed “certain aspects” of interaction within the framework of integration associations in the Eurasian space, as well as preparations for the upcoming meeting of the leaders of the CSTO member states
During a telephone conversation with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed, among other things, issues of “promotion of union building”, the Kremlin press service reported.
“In continuation of the Russian-Belarusian talks at the highest level on April 12, some issues of the bilateral agenda and the promotion of union building were considered. Certain aspects of interaction within the framework of integration associations in the Eurasian space were touched upon, including in connection with the preparation of the upcoming meeting of the leaders of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)»,— The report said.
In addition, the leaders of Russia and Belarus discussed the situation in Ukraine in the context of the ongoing special military operation there, and also confirmed the “mutual attitude” for the further strengthening of Russian-Belarusian allied relations.
Russia and Belarus signed an agreement on the creation of the Union State in December 1999. The agreement implies the creation of a single economic, foreign policy, budgetary and tax space, as well as the unification of the energy, transport and customs systems of both countries. On November 4, 2021, Putin and Lukashenko approved 28 union programs and signed the corresponding document.
On April 28, Lukashenko said that Russia and Belarus are building the Union State on new principles, and other countries of the former USSR will be ready to join this union in the future. “We have such cooperation and are trying to build a single Union State on new principles so that no one is offended, so that sovereign independent states develop— Belarus and Russia. I am sure that other republics of the former Soviet Union will also join such a union, — noted the Belarusian leader.
Earlier, Lukashenko spoke about joining the Union State of Armenia and explained that this country “has nowhere to go.” According to the president, it could also include Kazakhstan, Ukraine, “if we don't make mistakes,” and “the rest of the perimeter,” such states as Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. After that, Belarusian Ambassador Alexander Konyuk was summoned to the Armenian Foreign Ministry.
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In July last year, speaking of the Union State with Belarus, Putin compared it to the European Union, while noting that the EU has a much deeper level of integration. The Russian President noted that the EU has a single currency, a very powerful customs union and a common space for movement between countries. “There is everything that we have not yet achieved. At the same time, while maintaining full sovereignty»,— pointed out by the head of state.
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