Our country does not need the Union State, the public campaign ‘Belarus Go!’ believes. The activists are collecting signatures for our country’s withdrawal from the alliance.
The petition was started by Dzyanis Tikhanenka, an assistant of MP Hanna Kanapatskaya.
“Many citizens are concerned over this issue, but the keep holding closed-door consultations on it. But it is the issue that should be addressed with due consideration given to the public opinion,” Kanapatskaya said.
Earlier, Hanna Kanapatskaya asked Economy Minister Dzmitry Krutoy, who is in charge of Belarus’ working group on integration, to make public the Russian side’s conditions concerning the future of the Union. However, instead of copies of documents, she received just a formal reply. On May 28, deputy Alena Anisim got a similar letter of response stating that ‘the negotiations are still underway’.
“The minister draws attention to the fact that this issue is longstanding, that sometimes mass media overhype it. He also notes that apart from the things that have been agreed earlier, nothing is being discussed at the moment,” Anisim stressed.
However, after this week’s talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, his Belarusian counterpart Uladzimir Makey has informed journalists that the parties’ proposals for the implementation of the Union State Treaty were ‘by 70 per cent’ agreed.
“The same clauses signed are always interpreted differently. When we talk about the single currency, we say yes, we are for the single currency. Belarus has never denied that. But then it says that there should be two emission centres,” political analyst Syarhei Nikalyuk stressed.
At the same time, the expert is not surprised by the fact that the two opposition MPs failed to find out anything about the future of the Union State. In his opinion, as the Belarusian parliament is just a rubber-stamping body, those in power do not consider it necessary to share any information with them.
To improve economic cooperation, including between Russia and Belarus, the Eurasian Economic Union was established. So, do we really need the Union State? This is what Belsat TV asked the residents of Minsk:
“This union may be a threat to our sovereignty, which cannot be allowed.”
“Some kind of economic relations with Russia is no problem, but should we have this Union State? I believe it has no future.”
“Union State, really? They are not even able to agree upon fundamentals.”
Meanwhile, during Wednesday’s meeting in Nur-Sultan, Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka discussed the prospects of further integration within the Union State. According to Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, the leaders have instructed the governments to develop integration measures by the end of June.