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24 May 2023, 19:45

Tokayev on the Union State: ‘A unique precedent in world political history'

MOSCOW, 24 May (BelTA) – The union of Belarus and Russia is a unique precedent in world political history, Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said at the plenary meeting of the Eurasian Economic Forum in Moscow on 24 May, BelTA has learned.

The head of state urged to identify new priorities for the development of the EAEU: "In any case, we need not only to deal with current problems, but also to plan the work for the future. We also need to adequately respond to changes in the situation around.” According to him, Kazakhstan remains committed to the integration in the EAEU on the basis of the 2015 treaty and will promote the principles that are laid down there. "I think the prospects are good. All these issues require the closest attention. Now is neither the time nor the place to enumerate the many cases of mutual barriers and restrictions that are still there. I am not in favor of dramatizing this situation, but the problems that arise must be solved. The stakes here are very high. This is the authority of the organization itself, our union, and we must first of all show our peoples the relevance of the union, its effectiveness, and this requires verified, correct decisions," Kassym-Jomart Tokayev emphasized.

"I understand that integration is a very complex process, a very delicate work to bring all national interests to a common denominator, but we need to carry out this work in a coordinated manner," he added. “Otherwise, as Aleksandr Grigorievich [Lukashenko] convincingly said, time is irrevocably flying forward, there is very little time left, and we need concrete results. It is necessary to create a full-fledged seamless environment of interaction in the market of the union."

The president of Kazakhstan urged to concentrate on completing the wok to solve the basic tasks of cooperation in the union. "Without doing this, it is difficult to set more ambitious goals. We do not need to get ahead of ourselves. We need to work absolutely pragmatically. Before introducing something new, it is worth making every effort to make something, which we aim for, work," he said. “It is important to understand that economic integration is not an end in itself. It is one of the means of developing the economies and improving well-being of the peoples of the participating states. The main measure of the success of economic integration is not the number of strategies, contracts and decisions, but new industries, technologies and jobs.

The head of state suggested clearly defining the formats of cooperation, especially given the fact that within the framework of the EAEU there is a Union State of Belarus and Russia, with a serious conceptual ideological basis.

"We have a union state in the EAEU. A unique precedent in world political history, or a phenomenon, whatever you want to call it: ‘two countries - one state' with a single political, legal, military, economic, monetary, cultural and humanitarian space. With a single union state government, parliament. And even nuclear weapons now. There is another level of integration, represented by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Armenia. We need to reckon with this reality. How we will work in these conditions is a conceptual question. We need to discuss this problem, including at this forum," the president of Kazakhstan said.

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