Astana, Kazakhstan, May 26
By Daniar Mukhtarov - Trend:
Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus avoided the politicization of the Agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union (EAU) while drawing up the document, Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister, Samat Ordabayev said on May 26.
Speaking at a press-briefing in Astana, Ordabayev said this means that the whole backbone of the EAU agreement is a purely economic cooperation.
"Such issues as common citizenship, foreign policy, inter-parliamentary cooperation, passport and visa spheres, common border protection, export control and others were excluded from the agreement exactly thanks to Kazakhstan's consistent position," he said.
The Agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union consists of two parts: the institutional and functional.
The deputy foreign minister went on to add that the parties agreed upon two more documents, aside from the institutional part of the EAU agreement and its three annexes (Regulation on the Eurasian Economic Commission, regulation on the status of the EAU Court, social guarantees, privileges and immunities within the union).
"This is the order of conducting the international activities, and the order of preparing and concluding international EAU's agreements with third parties," the deputy minister added.
Ordabayev underscored that the last two documents include the principles of international activities of the EAU and the activity of the EAU commission as the main regulator.
"Any international agreement can be developed and signed only with consent of the EAU supreme body - the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council and under its mandate," he said.
Ordabayev went on to add that the Eurasian Economic Union is not created from scratch.
"Our countries have come a long evolutionary path - from the CIS to the Eurasian Union," the deputy minister added.
The EAU agreement's institutional part, sometimes called political (or constituent part) was under the responsibility of Kazakh Foreign Ministry, along with several other ministries and agencies.
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