MOSCOW, 25 May (BelTA) - Cooperation in the Eurasian Economic Union has indeed been very successful, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Moscow on 25 May, BelTA has learned.
The heads of state arrived in the Grand Kremlin Palace around noon. However, the meeting did not begin immediately. The leaders of the EAEU countries had a conversation without cameras.
"We have started to discuss the economic situation in our countries. We analyzed how our cooperation is going. We got familiar with the details regarding the performance of some industries. I would like to emphasize that cooperation in the Eurasian Economic Union is really going very well," Vladimir Putin said. "As the Kazakhstan president has just said, Armenia is the main beneficiary."
The Russian president explained that Armenia has posted the highest economic growth in the EAEU.
"Last year it was 12.6%, if I'm not mistaken. This year it is 12.1%," Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said.
"This is a good figure, a very good one," the Russian leader was impressed.
He said that Russia highly appreciates the close partnership with all the EAEU states. Cooperation, Vladimir Putin stressed, has been consistently built on the principles of mutual benefit, respect and consideration of each other's interests.
The agenda of the meeting consists of 17 items. First, the heads of state will exchange views in a one-on-one format. Then they will be joined, in person or by video link, by the leaders of other partner countries. "With the participation of delegations, we will discuss specific issues of integration cooperation, including in such areas as energy and food security, technological and financial independence, digital transformation, regulatory and trade barriers, and transport infrastructure," the Russian president said when talking about the agenda.