Astana, Minsk and Moscow Advance Efforts to Create Eurasian Economic Union by 2015, As President Nazarbayev Urges Thorough Preparation and Care

СНГ 2Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan and Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus met in Moscow on Dec. 24 as part of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. They discussed the directions of integration among three member states of the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space, as well as progress on the formation of the Eurasian Economic Union by the scheduled date of Jan. 1, 2015. They also discussed issues on preparation and implementation of the road maps on Kyrgyzstan and Armenia’s accession to Eurasian integration structures. Following the meeting, several joint decisions on a common customs policy, regulation of natural monopolies activity and competition rules took place were signed. President Nazarbayev also had a bilateral meeting with President Putin as the two leaders signed an agreement on cooperation in the military-technical sphere and oversaw the signing of several other bilateral documents relating to joint use of the Baikonur Cosmodrome and to the transit of Russian oil through Kazakhstan to China.