Kazakh Foreign Minister finds EAU`s analogy with USSR inappropriate
Astana, Kazakhstan, June 2
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:
Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov denied allegations that the EAU was similar to the Soviet Union at a conference dedicated to the signing of the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union (EAU).
"Unlike those who claim that it is a secret plan of the Russian leader to revive the Soviet Union, I believe that the three leaders were clear in their statements, and they see a very different picture. No conspiracy, no theory behind these agreements, there are no hidden plans or thoughts," he said.
There are apparent plans that will be implemented in this regard, according to Idrisov.
"There is a grain of truth, and it is very simple: not to stay on the periphery of global economic trends and become stronger in the face of the ongoing economic crisis. Moreover, it is necessary that standards of living of the population be improved," the minister said.
FM noted that the EAU is not a closed organization and has an open structure. Furthermore, according to Idrisov, Union`s member - states welcome all opportunities for cooperation.
"The said agreement will create better opportunities for further integration. Since the beginning, we agreed that the principles of equality and transparency will dominate within the framework of EAU," he said.
The contract consists of four large sections and includes about 1000 pages, Idrisov said. The contract contains 28 chapters, 118 articles and 32 applications.
"The first article of the treaty specifies that the union is an international organization that focuses on regional integration. In accordance with the agreement, all the countries have decided to focus on economic issues," he added.
The minister also noted that the member-countries of the treaty have great potential, some 15 percent of world oil resources contained in their subsoil. The EAU member states have also one-quarter of world's natural resources, he noted.
Edited by C.N.