MINSK, 28 September (BelTA) - The CIS Executive Committee closely cooperates with other integration associations, Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee – CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev told the media on 28 September, BelTA has learned.
“Some countries were more in favor of deeper cooperation, while others were more cautious about the matter. So over time, those who wanted to cooperate more closely in the economic sector, set up the Customs Union at first, and later the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Those who were ready for closer and deeper security cooperation formed the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). The CIS Executive Committee and other CIS bodies work closely with these integration associations. We have no competition,” said Sergei Lebedev.
He said that the Belarus-Russia Union State is a model of integration cooperation. “A lot of what has been achieved within the framework of the Union State is used, first of all, in the EAEU, the CSTO and the CIS. The leadership of the Union State Standing Committee and the Executive Committee are in close contact; we have a good exchange of information and experience,” the chairman of the CIS Executive Committee said.
On 28 September, Minsk played host to the international conference “30 Years of the Commonwealth of Independent States: Results and Prospects”. The conference was organized by the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and the CIS Executive Committee. The participants of the conference summed up the results of 30 years of the Commonwealth of Independent States and developed specific recommendations for improving the effectiveness of the CIS in the future. The event was supported by the CIS Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation.