The author of the publication recalled that for the first time they started talking about the need for integration in the late 1990s, when conflicts broke out on the European continent. After that, there was a temporary “thaw” in relations with the West and the plans were postponed indefinitely. In 2014, with the coup d’etat in Ukraine, relations between Moscow and Minsk with the United States and the EU became strained again and remain quite strained to this day. Against this background, the integration processes have resumed and made significant progress. According to the expert, the meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State held on November 4 can be called “epoch-making”.
“In fact, today we are talking about the formation of a new bloc, but not just a military-political one, like the CSTO. Speaking conditionally, for all the former Soviet republics that are part of the CSTO, a precedent will be created for successful economic integration with the Russian Federation, which will be mutually beneficial, balanced and effective. That is, the rapprochement between Russia and Belarus, of course, will launch the processes of further integration of the entire post-Soviet space, ”he said in his author’s article for the publication“ Belarus Today ”.
Klishevich stressed that the basis of any association is the economy. Therefore, as part of the further process of integration between Russia and Belarus, it is planned to bring the banking sector, trade and taxation to a single format. This will facilitate the work of enterprises that will operate on the territory of the Union State.
“Every resident of the country will feel the advantages in his wallet when the oil and gas market unites. Our enterprises will operate on the same terms as Russian ones, which will benefit the state budget. The definition of a unified agricultural policy will allow trading with partners from Russia in a simplified format, significantly increasing the volume of exports, which means budget revenues and the welfare of our country’s residents working in agriculture, ”wrote Sergei Klishevich.
The Belarusian MP added that all issues cannot be resolved at the same time. However, he is confident that the joint work of the authorities of Moscow and Minsk will create a space for real economic integration, which other states will want to join.