Updated at 20:51,24-11-2020

Lukashenka: Eurasian Economic Union should be at least as good as EU

Belsat.eu, via BelTA

The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) should be at least as good as the European Union (EU), Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka said at the meeting met with Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Tigran Sargsyan on Thursday.

“There is no turning back. We need to improve the Eurasian Economic Union, this union should be as good as the European Union. Otherwise, our people will think that we are just babblers,” state-rn news agency BelTA quotes Lukashenka as saying.

The EEU which was established within a rather short period of time has reached a lot, the Belarusian leader believes.

“But there are many drawbacks and pending issues which are to be solved due to objective and subjective reasons. All parties, from the Eurasian Economic Commission to the presidents and prime ministers, will have to do their best to advance the Eurasian Economic Union to a brand-new level,” he said.

In 2015, Belarus presided in the EEU and put forward a plan of action to develop the union. Alyaksandr Lukashenka admitted the fact that they failed to solve a number of issues ‘due to various reasons’, e.g. the changes in the composition of the Eurasian Economic Commission.

In spite of these problems, Lukashenka remains optimistic about the future of the Eurasian Economic Union.