Lukashenko: Signing of EEU Treaty is a big step forward
2014-06-03    By signing the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty, the three countries have made a huge step forward, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev in Minsk on 30 May, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Belarusian head of state. 

“Not everyone believed that we would be able to overcome barriers, obstacles and disagreements on our way. But we did. We managed to sign the Treaty,” Alexander Lukashenko said. 

The Belarusian President admitted that while working on the Treaty the parties faced a number of issues. As the efforts to resolve them in the tripartite format failed, they were discussed in the bilateral format. These issues were about oil supplies to Belarus, customs duties on oil, cabotage, and cars. “All the issues, including those related to oil and gas, have been settled today. We have made a huge step forward on oil duties and we have agreed to keep working on it in the future,” the head of state underlined. 

Alexander Lukashenko pointed to Dmitry Medvedev's personal contribution to reaching an agreement. “If we had not met with the Russian government back then (7 May in Moscow), it would have been very hard for us to deal with this issue and this would have taken far more time. On behalf of the Belarusian people I would like to sincerely thank you for this decisive move, for your help in making a decision on the highest level,” the Belarusian President said. 

Addressing the Belarusian head of state and commenting on the signing of the EEU Treaty, Dmitry Medvedev noted: “The task has been accomplished. You were absolutely right when you said that our countries are happy about it. Maybe, someone is not so much in favor of it. But we realize that this integration is the only way to ensure quality economic growth of our countries, and consequently a better quality of life of our people, which is the ultimate goal of any government”. 

Dmitry Medvedev emphasized the personal contribution of the Belarusian President to promoting integration. “Even when we were discussing and arguing, I always knew that the Belarusian President sincerely wanted this integration,” he said. 

The Russian Premier congratulated Belarus on the brilliant organization and conduct of the ice hockey world championship. “I saw how it looked, how it was organized, how people rooted. That was a world-class event from all the points of view,” Dmitry Medvedev noted.

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