Presidents of Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus agree to meet in Moscow on 8 May

ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia have agreed to meet in Minsk on 8 May, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko told reporters after the meeting of leaders of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia in Astana on 20 March, Kazinform refers to BelTA.

Alexander Lukashenko noted that the heads of state will discuss the issues that were raised at the today's meeting in Astana. It is expected that the governments of the EEU member states will make concrete decisions regarding these issues before the meeting in May.

The leaders of the three countries discussed cooperation avenues and the measures that should be taken in trade, monetary policy and other areas in order to make ample use of the common resources for sustainable mutually beneficial development.

The Belarusian President noted with satisfaction that the vice premiers of the three countries held productive meetings on 19-20 March. These meetings were aimed at resolving complicated issues which exist in relations between the states. Besides, there were bilateral talks between the presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan, Russia and Kazakhstan to discuss the entire complex of issues in bilateral relations.

Alexander Lukashenko added that at the trilateral meeting the heads of state paid attention to the existing issues, including economic ones. In 2014 and early 2015 the trade turnover reduced. "It is not a good trend, however, we see the reasons. We have discussed these issues and outlined the ways out from the situation. There are complicated issues which have to be resolved, but there is also a simple formula for raising the trade turnover inside the union - we need to sell our own goods," the Belarusian leader said.

"The need to saturate the internal market with our own goods is number one priority. It is also important to lift emerging barriers to ramp up the trade turnover," the Belarusian President noted.

Participants of the meeting also discussed the accession of new members to the Eurasian Economic Union. "We have confirmed our wish to make new members of the union observe classical principles which were previously developed by the three countries. We had to work hard to create this union, therefore new members must observe the existing principles," Alexander Lukashenko said.

The Belarusian President noted that the leaders of the three countries also paid attention to the issues on the political agenda, discussed the progress in the regulation of the Ukrainian crisis and a number of other issues. "At the meeting we have managed to reconcile our positions virtually on all areas of further interaction. We have determined concrete steps to create additional conditions for the development of trade and economic cooperation taking into account new global realities and the current state of affairs in the economies of our countries," the Belarusian head of state said.

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