YEREVAN, April 15. /ARKA/. Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and the presidents of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov and Russia Vladimir Putin, adopted today a joint statement in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic following a video conference of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.
The leaders of the countries, which make the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), confirm their readiness to continue the joint work towards eliminating the negative consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, to maintain the current level of cooperation and to ensure the social and macroeconomic stability in their countries.
‘We are firmly convinced that the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic should not lead to the breakdown of established cooperative ties, to the suspension of international trade, and the cessation of investment activity,’ they say in the statement.
‘We urge all states to maintain international cooperation, build confidence, end armed conflicts, trade wars, unilateral financial and economic sanctions and strictly abide by international law.’
‘We stand for the unity of the international community and the stability of the global economy, preserving the principle of freedom of movement of goods, including socially significant goods, food, medical equipment and drugs, personal protective equipment. The measures taken by our states are aimed at mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economies of our countries and ensuring the functioning of the common economic space. We presume that the restrictions introduced worldwide caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are a necessary measure and will be lifted with the removal of threats to human life and health.’
As part of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, EEU member states aim to continue to provide the necessary assistance to each other, strengthen health systems, and conduct joint research in the field of developing means for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infections.
‘We are firmly convinced that the benefits of integration will help our countries and peoples to adequately cope with this challenge,’ their statement says. – 0–