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24 May 2023, 19:15

Lukashenko: Russia has challenged the unipolar world and we are there for them

MOSCOW, 24 May (BelTA) – Russia has challenged the unipolar world, and we are there for them, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he addressed the 2nd Eurasian Economic Forum in Moscow on 24 May, BelTA has learned.

"Russia should keep its spirits high in the current situation. It is Russia that can become a very strong locomotive in both the SCO and BRICS and give the momentum to these organizations, and, perhaps to their unification in the future, something that the progressive humanity is dreaming of," the Belarusian leader said.

"Russia should be very active. Its authority, despite the West's all –encompassing smear campaign in the media, is enormous. Russia has challenged the unipolar world and is leading the charge. Well, we are there for them," Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.

In this situation, the president once again called for active action in the most peaceful and constructive sense.

Returning to the proposed thesis on the need to align the integration efforts in the EAEU-SCO-BRICS format, Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that this would be a union of countries united by the desire for economic and political stability and new international security architecture. "Moreover, a number of CIS and EAEU states are both members of the SCO and BRICS, which lays a solid foundation for successful progress towards the goal that we set for ourselves," the Belarusian leader noted.

In order to develop full-scale relations between the EAEU and priority regional associations and friendly third countries, we need to take several important steps towards each other, Aleksandr Lukashenko said. "We need to finally overcome, as we often say, national egoism. We must learn to compromise, reach agreements on gradual liberalization of trade terms, to remove barriers, switch to settlements in national currencies, and expand free trade zones."

The president is confident that all of the above will be only half-measures without the more powerful BRICS and the SCO, without the development of the EAEU and, possibly, their unification in one form or another.

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