The summit of the heads of state of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) has completed its work in Bishkek. It was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov, Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Mikhail Myasnikovich. Following the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, the leaders of the countries signed fifteen documents.
In particular, a protocol was signed on amending the agreement on the EAEU in terms of determining the procedure for collecting indirect taxes when providing services in electronic form, a decision to start negotiations with the UAE on concluding a free trade agreement and a decision on the main directions of the international activities of the union for the next year. .
One of the main topics discussed at the summit was the prospects for improving the single market for goods and services as part of strengthening integration processes among the member countries of the Eurasian Union.
In his final address to the summit participants, Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that thanks to the joint work to counter the economic crisis, good macroeconomic indicators are maintained in the EurAsEC countries. In contrast to the EU countries, where inflation has reached record levels over the past 30-40 years. The situation is similar with energy prices.
For example, the difference in gas prices in the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and the European Union is ten or more times - not some percentage, but ten or more times
— said the Russian president.
The forecasts of Western analysts regarding the decline of the Russian economy also turned out to be untenable. Instead of the predicted 20%, this year the fall of the Russian economy will be 2,9%, and next year it is expected to be less than one percent, Vladimir Putin said. Further growth of the economy is predicted.
The Russian leader supported the call of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to accelerate the transition to settlements in the national currency between the EAEU countries. The process of creating a common payment infrastructure and integrating national financial information transmission systems is already underway.
Speaking about the prospects and plans for the development of the EAEU, Vladimir Putin outlined the need to strengthen the technological sovereignty of the member states of the Eurasian Economic Community. At the same time, cooperation should be strengthened, the development of a common innovation and industrial base in key industrial and agricultural sectors, and investment cooperation should be increased.
The Russian President considers positive the dynamics of expanding international cooperation between the countries that are members of the EAEU, including with regional structures such as the SCO and ASEAN.
Next year, the chairmanship of the EAEU will pass to the Russian Federation, the next meeting of the heads of state will be held on May 24-25, the venue of the summit will be determined later. In conclusion, Vladimir Putin invited the heads of state present to an informal New Year's Eve meeting of CIS leaders in St. Petersburg.