All principal disagreements on a draft treaty on setting up a common economic area of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia have been settled, Eurasian Economic Commission Chairman Viktor Khristenko said. “All principal disagreements on the draft treaty have been settled now. Some bilateral issues have been left, and the discussion will continue,” Khristenko told journalists in Moscow on Tuesday evening.
Members of the press expected the presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia to speak, but their negotiations on the draft treaty are still continuing, and so Khristenko informed journalists on interim outcomes of the talks.
“The presidents have ordered that all nuances of the treaty be worked on in the near future so that the document could be presented for signature at a Supreme Eurasian Economic Council summit in Astana at the end of May,” Khristenko said, adding that the summit should be held on May 25, Interfax reports.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is confident that Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus will be able to find compromise solutions on the aspects of the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty that are not yet agreed. “We still have questions,” Putin said on Tuesday. “But I’d agree with my colleagues that we can always jointly work on them to find compromise solutions.”