Belarus president Alyaksandr Lukashenka calls for protecting national interests during the adoption of the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).
The relevant document is expected to be signed at the session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Saint Petersburg on December, 26.
“The Customs Code is the principal document regulating these relations. We always say that export is of vital importance to us. It brings foreign currency to our country which is used to ensure decent standard of living,” Lukashenka said.
Whatever compromise the Code carries, the social and economic situation in Belarus should not become worse, he warned.
“We cannot lose anything. We have nothing to lose. When the main players of our economic union – Russia and Kazakhstan – can afford to turn a blind eye to something (they have tons of money, everyone knows what is the source), but we have no such heaps. We earn money with the help of our brains and hands,” the Belarusian leader said.
According to him, all specialists, even ‘those with opposing points of view’, should be involved and study the provisions of the document in order to find out what is beneficial for Belarus and what is not.
Lukashenka also took a lively interest in the benefits that Belarus was getting from EEU’s import customs duties in the light of the recent changes.
“If we get some benefits – fine. But if we suffer losses, as I have understood from your report, then why do we need such union?” Lukashenka asked Finance Minister Uladzimir Amarin.