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Lukashenko calls for unity in EAEU amid pandemic

MINSK (BelTA) – Countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) should be united amid the pandemic, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said during a video conference meeting of members of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council on 14 April, BelTA has learned.

“We have treated the problem involving the pandemic which was declared by the WHO very seriously. Every country is working out its own resolutions and forms of response. But together we can do more,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

The president suggested discussing the topics of ensuring stability and accord in the society, preventing attempts to tear up the foundations of the EAEU because of the striving for, first of all, self-protection. “If we do not join efforts, we will have to restore destroyed economic ties tomorrow, and it will take us a lot of money, time and energy,” the Belarusian leader is convinced.

In his words, what is currently going on in the world reinforces the expressed concerns: the virus is destroying lives and families, disrupting the operation of the markets and whole industries, having a serious impact on the state of affairs in the oil industry.

“Unilateral activities of states have endangered trade relations, cooperation chains, labor migration. The absence of coordinated efforts aggravates these negative factors. Therefore, egoistic decisions which are made without regard to consequences at least in relation to the closest partners will be strategically futile. Only unity and commitment can help us cope with the pandemic and its consequences in the today's situation,” the head of state said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that the Eurasian Economic Commission has initiated a number of measures, which can be viewed as high-priority measures. However, they do not include the whole range of necessary actions and do not utilize the potential of the EAEU in full. “Every one of us has already started to apply effective practices to ensure life safety and health of people and to support national economies,” the president said.

He called for resolute joint actions, urged to consider not only the current developments but also the future prospects, asked to think about the formation of the regional “security belt” by speeding up the establishment of import substitution enterprises and localizing industries of critical importance on the territory of the union. “Besides, we need joint mechanisms of response to global crises of a new kind – epidemical ones. We also need joint norms and plans of action in emergency situations to minimize risks,” the Belarusian leader believes.

“I am absolutely convinced about one thing: it will be easier for us to survive this global crisis together. There are no other options. The logic of any union and any relations relies on togetherness. It will be even better if all our actions are deprived of national egoism, if all our decisions are harmonized with a joint vector,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.