Start of free trade between the EEU and Iran, the development of exports to the markets of third countries and other issues within the framework of the Eurasian Union were discussed on March 7 in Bishkek at the EEU Intergovernmental Council. Some problems were also raised. For instance, roughness in relations with Russia influence Belarus' participation in the integration processes within the framework of the EEU.
The participants of the Bishkek meeting signed more than 10 documents. Export to third countries' markets must be developing quicker, underlined the Prime Minister of Presidency of Kyrgyzstan.
Valery Borodenya, MP of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
There are payment systems that operate around the world. Today, there are no boundaries. Therefore, we must form our economic and manufacturing systems to be immediately competitive globally.
One of the prospects of cooperation in agro-industrial complex for the EEU is rabbit meat exports. However, this is only one direction of the many possible. The EEU has created a single market of drugs, with foreign economic relations expanding. Nevertheless, problematic points still remain.
The Belarusian and Russian premiers had a small dispute in this regard.
The Russian side thinks there must be no "counting exercises" regarding gas prices in EEU countries. But the thing is that the oil and gas issues affect the participation of Belarus in integration processes within the framework of the whole union.
Andrei Kobyakov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
We express our utmost concern at the continuing unsettled problems in the oil and gas industry, failure to comply with the bilateral and multilateral agreements on the conditions of energy supply. Under the current retaliatory sanctions imposed by Russia over more than 2.5 years, we have been unable to reach an agreement on the transit of goods to third countries, and this is a direct loss to the budget. We depend on exports and the freedom of transit of goods and this is a very sensitive issue for us and for other partners in the Union.
The parties agreed to meet again. The next meeting of the Intergovernmental Council of the Eurasian Economic Union will be held in Kazan, Russia.