MINSK, 14 October (BelTA) - The sanctions imposed by the West against the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union are used as a tool to undermine legitimate governments, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, BelTA has learned.
The Russian head of state noted that the EAEU countries have achieved great economic success, despite the sanctions imposed against them. "It is no secret to anyone that these sanctions are used not merely as a tool of unfair competition tool also as a way to undermine legitimate governments by means of creating social, economic and political problems or aggravating existing problems that are plenty in any country," Vladimir Putin said.
“Mutual trade has picked up good pace. In January-June the trade between the EAEU member states increased by almost one third (31.9%). The EAEU trade with third countries soared by 25%,” the Russian president said.
In his words, the industrial output in the EAEU rose by 4.4% and agricultural production inched up by 0.6%.
Vladimir Putin added that unfavorable external conditions stimulate the cooperation in the union and bolster this interaction.