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24 May 2023, 17:51

Belarus concerned about slow gas integration in EAEU, common energy market prospects

MOSCOW, 24 May (BelTA) – Delays with addressing problems of natural gas integration in the Eurasian Economic Union cast doubt on the creation of the common energy market. Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Igor Petrishenko made the statement at the key session EAEU Priorities 2030+ during the 2nd Eurasian Economic Forum in Moscow on 24 May, BelTA has learned.

Igor Petrishenko said: “We still have a number of fundamental problems on the agenda, on which resolution further strategic development of the energy bloc of our union depends. In particular, delays with the resolution of problems concerning natural gas integration over many years cast doubt on the creation of the common electricity market, which we are supposed to create by 2025.”

“How we will advance in this direction depends only on us: whether we will limit ourselves to certain pro forma statements or we will advance towards the creation of common conditions for the operation of energy markets of our countries,” he stressed.

“Today it is necessary to create barrier-free space with equal access to energy resources and infrastructure at fair prices, which enable non-discriminatory access to markets of raw materials and energy resources for the member states, which have low domestic reserves of raw materials. By 2030 we are supposed to come to the practical realization of all the declared plans,” the deputy prime minister concluded.

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