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09 December 2022, 12:11

Lukashenko calls for barrier-free trade in EAEU

BISHKEK, 9 December (BelTA) - There should be no barriers to mutual trade in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the summit of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Bishkek on 9 December, BelTA has learned.

The president stressed that at the meeting of the Supreme Council in May 2022 the parties agreed to consider the issue of removing barriers in the EAEU domestic market.

“I believe that we should not have any barriers to mutual trade in principle. This is the essence of our union. This will solve two main problems of providing national markets with critical imports and coordinating the export of strategically important goods, especially foodstuffs,” the Belarusian leader said.

“Today the reality is that we are still struggling with the consequences of decisions made unilaterally at the national level: either we cannot export timber, or we cannot let international truckers through. The search for mutually acceptable solutions to problematic issues takes many months. Sometimes there are a lot of meetings, but few solutions. I think the Commission should strengthen its work in this direction to the maximum,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.

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