"Uzbekistan's step toward joining EurAsEC says a lot - primarily that the organization must by no means be discarded," Lukashenko said at a meeting with EurAsEC Secretary General Grigory Rapota.
He said the five-member alliance, which, along with Belarus, includes Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, has the potential to develop into a powerful organization.
"Some think EurAsEC doesn't exist. We must prove them wrong, [prove that on the contrary,] this is a viable organization and that it has a future. We must create an economically strong organization, [with] an effectively working single customs area, in order to prove to everyone in doubt that the Eurasian Economic Community can get a lot of problems solved," Lukashenko said.
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The British experience can be instructive for Russia. London retains its British Commonwealth if it wants to use this as a foundation for integration in the future. That’s a valuable lesson for Russian experts who are calling for an end to “ineffective” associations like the CIS, the Russian World and others.