MINSK, BELARUS – JUNE 8, 2019: Flying national flags in front of the Holy Spirit Cathedral during celebrations to mark Day of Multinational Russia. Natalia Fedosenko/TASS

Integration between Russia and Belorussia should serve as an example to help simplify a similar process within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), Russian Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin said on Sunday.

“We have a higher level of integration with Belorussia than within the EAEU. We say that the five EAEU nations are moving towards closer integration, as is written in the treaty. But the pace of integration with Belorussia is more accelerated and we show an example. I think we should be moving even faster because so that all others see that such integration is beneficial for both nations, and the integration process within the EAEU will be much smoother,” he said in an interview with the Ekho Moskvy radio station.

According to the Russian minister, integration will be beneficial for both Russia and Belorussia. “Some cautious optimism rests on the understanding of mutual profitability. So, any such long-term process — and this is a very long-term process — is uneven, with its ups and downs. What matters is to ensure that the long-term trend is in the interests of the people of our countries,” he noted.

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