Astana, Kazakhstan, April 29
By Daniar Mukhtarov - Trend:
The myth about "reincarnation" of the Soviet Union with creation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAU) is groundless, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said.
Nazarbayev made the remarks at a lecture at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, the press service of Akorda (Kazakh presidential palace) said.
"Speaking about the Eurasian Economic Union, some of the experts and politicians scare the world community with a mythical "reincarnation" of the Soviet Union. I believe that arguments in this regard are far from being real, and they're baseless," Akorda's press office quoted Nazarbayev as saying.
He said, first of all, there is simply no institutional framework today for a Soviet-style reintegration.
"The post-Soviet nations built their own statehood," Nazarbayev said.
He went on to add that the "current ownership system, social structure and our societies' economic structure" have gone far ahead of the archaic Soviet Union.
"In this issue, our opinions with the Russian and Belarusian leaderships coincide," Kazakh president said.
He also underscored that the goal of the union lies in increasing the competitiveness of the post-Soviet countries and this does not go beyond the economic component.
Kazakh president recalled that 20 years ago he first proposed the idea of creating a new integration association - the Eurasian Economic Union, while delivering a lecture at the Moscow State University.
"Its concept was based on the truth, equally close and understandable to all citizens of our countries. Common history, mutual economic attraction, close relationship and proximity of human aspirations give our peoples a chance to build a new type of multilateral inter-state relations," Nazarbayev said.
Kazakh president also stressed that he was and he remains a strong supporter of the idea that the Eurasian Union is possible only on the principles of voluntariness, equality, mutual benefit and considering the pragmatic interests of each member country.
"This initiative is a starting point for a new historical process, which is now called the Eurasian integration," Nazarbayev added.
Following his speech, the Kazakh leader answered questions from students, teachers and professors of the Moscow State University.
In particular, speaking about the most promising directions of scientific and technical cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia, the president said their correspondence with priorities is important - with the priorities defined by Kazakhstan for a new phase of industrialization.
These priorities are advanced areas of basic sciences, nanotechnology, robotics, genetic engineering and medicine.
Translated by E.A.
Edited by S.I.