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Sidorsky calls Union State locomotive of post-Soviet integration

MOSCOW, 20 December (BelTA) – The Union State has good prospects as a locomotive of all integration projects on the post-Soviet space, Sergei Sidorsky told reporters on 19 December. Sergei Sidorsky was approved as member of the board (minister) for industry and agribusiness of the Eurasian Economic Commission, BelTA has learnt.

Sergei Sidorsky noted that the Union State demonstrates a high level of economic integration of Belarus and Russia. It has in many ways contributed to creating a legal framework for integration on the post-Soviet space. “Over 90% of the legal acts we drafted in the Union State were used in the formation of the Customs Union,” Sergei Sidorsky noted.

In his view, the role of the Union State is increasing, as the operation of the Belarus-Russia integration project provides valuable experience and knowledge for other integration initiatives. “I cannot say that the Union State project is no longer relevant. I think the Union State has good prospects as a locomotive, an example for all integration projects on the post-Soviet space,” Sergei Sidorsky said.

At present, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia are moving towards the Customs Union, Single Economic Space, and then Eurasian Economic Union. Today the heads of state considered membership of other EurAsEC member states in their integration projects.

“The Eurasian Economic Union is an absolutely new integration of the states that are ready for really close economic integration, who are prepared to protect their markets and boost the export potential. We are creating a brand new economic body that will have a considerable influence on the development of cooperation taking into consideration the interests of the three states,” Sergei Sidorsky said.