"We've never had a" skin of interest "by developing the Customs Union and going on integration, including — in the Union of Belarus and Russia," — said Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with the executive secretary of the Customs Union Commission Sergei Glazyev.
The Belarusian leader stressed that Belarus never let and does not intend to interfere in the future development of integration processes in the post-Soviet space, including — in the framework of the Customs Union of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan.
"The fact that the Union of Belarus and Russia is not everything, to put it mildly, it turns out, you probably know. We are not to blame," — said Alexander Lukashenko.
He stressed that Belarus "has never had the resources to impede Union of Belarus and Russia." "It was created to show an example of how to (develop integration). While it turns out the opposite," — said the president of Belarus.
He said that if Belarus opportunity to "advance in other regional integration, Belarus would never stand in the way." At the same time Alexander Lukashenko stressed that "we will act on the basis, in including, of national interests. "
"If other states as of paramount national interests only — we do not ask the question, but when we begin to openly demonstrate that you are on the replacement bench — with this approach, we do not agree, and as far as possible so as not to inhibit these processes ( integration), we struggle with it, "- said the President of Belarus. "But if we see that it is absolutely unacceptable to us, we will look for other ways," — he said.
"We are absolutely not going to slow down (integration) process, which began, but strictly observing them, we will require partners to deliver on their promises and our agreements," — said Alexander Lukashenko.
The President considers to be unacceptable when the discussion of the Customs Union of Belarus put forward conditions: "If Belarus does not join, we will" bend "." How can "bend" if we and Russia have gone too far in this regard, and there are corresponding agreements? "- Said Alexander Lukashenko. It is, in particular, troubled by possible threaten to resume the border between Belarus and Russia, if it entails denunciation of all existing agreements.
At the same time the head of state noted that "no one is looking at the contracts — it guards us."
According to him, "by far greater benefits Customs Union of Belarus has not brought, although harm, too." "We are in standby mode, working on something to make it better," — said the President of Belarus.
In turn, executive secretary of the Commission of the Customs Union S. Glazyev expressed the hope that in the coming months will be able to eliminate all the "shurpatastsi" that accompany the transition period from the start of full-scale operation of the Customs Union. "The transition is not without shurpatastsi. But the process has entered into a rut", — said S. Glazyev.
Referring to expert estimates, he said that within five years, the GDP of the three countries will grow by about 15%. According to Glazyev, "the most important effect will those businesses that operate on cooperation."