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31 May 2022, 16:29

Opinion: It is only together that CIS countries can overcome negative impact of sanctions

MINSK, 31 May (BelTA) – It is only together that the CIS countries can overcome the negative impact of sanctions, F First Deputy Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary Leonid Anfimov told the media in Minsk on 31 May, BelTA has learned.

"At a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council the Belarusian president said it very clearly that amid the sanctions, given close cooperation ties between the states, no one will be able to sit it out. Today, it is Belarus and Russia that have come under the severe sanctions pressure, and no one should think that they will not stay immune and unaffected. This is a deep misconception and mistake. Only together it is possible to overcome the negative impact of sanctions," Leonid Anfimov said.

According to him, the CIS has proved to be an effective tool for joint actions in all areas of activity, from humanitarian to economic. "If we unite, then we will be able to deal with any sanctions. Moreover, Belarus has shown on its own example how to cope with them effectively. In fact, sanctions are a catalyst for building a self-sufficient economy that does not depend on actions of unfriendly countries in the form of sanctions. Belarus has been living in these conditions for 20 years. Have we died? No. We continue to live and build an economy that does not depend on third countries. We implemented an import substitution program for those types of products that were critical for us," Leonid Anfimov added.

The CIS Plenipotentiaries Council convened for a regular meeting in the CIS Executive Committee in Minsk on 31 May. The CIS plenipotentiaries summed up the results of the meetings of the CIS Foreign Ministers Council and the CIS Heads of Government Council and outlined the tasks for implementing the documents and agreements adopted during the meeting.

The CIS Foreign Ministers Council in-person meeting was held in Dushanbe on 13 May. Ten documents were adopted. The CIS Heads of Government Council held their meeting online on 20 May. The heads of government signed a number of documents aimed at further cooperation in biological and information security, youth, scientific and technological cooperation.

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