6 Feb 2019 15:16

Minsk-Moscow relations shouldn't lead to discrimination against EAEU partners - Russian ambassador

BREST. Feb 6 (Interfax) - Relations between Russia and Belarus should not hinder the development of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) or lead to discrimination against partners in the EAEU, Russian Ambassador to Belarus Mikhail Babich told the press in Brest on Wednesday.

"Bilateral relations in the Union State have a profound depth, degree of integration, and economic effect for both Russia and Belarus. But such relations should absolutely not hinder the development of the EAEU," Babich said.

"We should in no way discriminate against our colleagues in the Eurasian Union as we develop relations in the Union State," he said.

The task of the working group on deepening integration in the Union State is to "fulfill the Union Treaty on the declared scale so that every aspect of the unified economic space and monetary policy gets put into practice to bring an economic effect," Babich said.

"At the same time, our colleagues in the Eurasian Treaty must not feel infringed. We share plenty of obligations within this framework, regarding common markets of gas, oil, petroleum products, and electricity. As we build bilateral relations, of course, questions arise among our partners about wanting to interact on the same terms," he said.

"We need to find a middle ground to enable the development of both formats," Babich said.