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CIS, EEU heads of state discuss political and economic issues of integration cooperation

The CIS lives and it proves its necessity, at least during important political campaigns - this was the clear implication of the Belarusian President's speech at the summit in Kazakhstan. Now we hear that statement. In the village of Burabay, Kazakhstan, on Friday, there met 8 of the 11 presidents of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Most of the negotiations took place behind closed doors. Alexei Martinenok has more.

CIS is the largest global integration association of the former Soviet Union. Eight presidents and three high representatives of the CIS states gathered in Kazakhstan, to compare notes on the most pressing issues.

Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan:
It will be right if we before the meeting together congratulate our colleague and friend Alexander Lukashenko with a convincing victory in the presidential elections and wish him good health and success in this responsible position. I am confident that under your leadership Belarus will continue to strengthen our integration processes in all areas.

In turn, the President of Belarus noted that the political campaign was held in accordance with all the standards of the United Nations, the OSCE and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
Yes, we are trying to rebuild our relations with the European Union, our major partner in economic and trade terms, I am not hiding it. We did everything we were asked for by our partners.   They had to admit that the elections were held in Belarus, as Russia's president said here, in accordance with those standards that we don't even have but are required to have by the United Nations, the OSCE and PACE, and other structures. In this regard, I would like to mention the role of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). It plays a real hands-on role. And when Sergei Lebedev comes out and draws the conclusion from all the representatives of our countries it is more complicated for Western states to formulate their prearranged statements. I would like the CIS to play a more significant role on other issues. CIS, indeed, is a very important platform for negotiating. We can't destroy it. Look at the position of Ukraine. Georgia withdrew from the CIS once and then I had many conversations with the then president of Georgia since he understood that the CIS does had not harmed Georgia.  The same may happen with Ukraine.

Strengthening the UN's central role in promoting peace, combating new challenges and threats, and the fight against international terrorism. CIS leaders signed a series of documents and thus coordinated their action on the main directions of development of the Commonwealth. Separately, they adopted an address in connection with the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident. 

On this day, many of the participants of the summit used the opportunity to talk face-to-face. The presidents of Belarus and Russia also met. Both leaders stressed that the two countries will continue to develop effective relationships. Mainly this will be happening on the basis of the Union State.

Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation:
Let me once again been personally and in this narrow format congratulate you on the election results. I am sure that during the upcoming presidential term, we will have the same effective joint work to bilaterally improve the mechanism of the Union State, the economy, coordination of our positions on the international arena, and the social sphere. I want to thank you for everything that was done in these areas in recent years. We faced a lot of problems. First of all now we are faced with the task of developing economic cooperation. I am glad to talk with you within the framework of today's events.

The Supreme Eurasian Economic Council began its work in the afternoon.

The conversation in this format was about the main directions of international activity, and economic development. Among them were topical issues on the order of acceptance of new EEU members and start of negotiations with Israel for an agreement on free trade zone.

From February 1 next year Armenia will chair the Eurasian Economic Commission. The EEU elaborated the strategy to support its new members.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
We had lots of discussions at the request of the President of Kyrgyzstan related to the accession of Kyrgyzstan to the EEU, the efficiency of the entry. On the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation (and it was supported by the President of Kazakhstan) the sides will seriously work on the border with Kyrgyzstan and make their best efforts so that the people of Kyrgyzstan feels benefits from entering our Eurasian Economic Union. The Kyrgyz president's position is decent. I am sure that there will be very solid shifts in favor of the Kyrgyz Republic, including supply to our general market of meat products and other goods that Kyrgyzstan offers. In the near future, I think before the New Year, work to resolve these issues will continue. We will not just study them but do real job so that Kyrgyzstan does not regret entering our economic union.

The package of 15 documents was on the table of each of the leaders. The countries chose a new trading strategy. The obligations of Kazakhstan, in view of its WTO accession, are now consistent with the rules of the EEU and will not cause any damage to the states - partners of the alliance.  Another round of talks will take place in December when the Russian capital Moscow will host the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.

CIS, EEU heads of state discussed political and economic issues of integration cooperation