Kazakhstan, Belarus and Russia destined to become integration nucleus on post-Soviet space - Lukashenko
NUR-SULTAN. Oct 25 (Interfax) - Kazakhstan, Belarus and Russia are destined to be "an integration nucleus" on the former Soviet Union space, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said in Nur-Sultan.
At a meeting with Kazakhstan's first president Nursultan Nazarbayev, Lukashenko spoke about the important role of the Kazakh leader in strengthening cooperation in regional integration associations, Nazarbayev's press service said.
"It has been proposed that you attend a meeting of the council in St. Petersburg as honored chairman of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, where we will discuss further prospects. Fate and history have predetermined Kazakhstan, Belarus and Russia to be the nucleus of this integration on the post-Soviet space. And Kazakhstan, represented by you, has always initiated this integration. Therefore, we can't slow down," Lukashenko was quoted in the report as saying.
Nazarbayev, for his part, said it is important to maintain and further develop the friendship between Kazakhstan and Belarus.
""I am very happy about your arrival. We have gone through many difficulties together. We learned a lot from each other all these years. The world is changing now. In such situation, it is important to preserve the results achieved in the course of this time. I respect you deeply for what you did for Belarus and for your human qualities. And I remain your reliable friend," Nazarbayev told the Belarusian president.