President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan can enter into a union state with Russia and Belarus.
According to him, most of the former Soviet republics can join the association, formed in 1999 by Moscow and Minsk. Lukashenka also told what reasons would contribute to the rallying of states.
Thus, after the riots that took place in the country in early January, Kazakhstan would have joined the union for security reasons.
“If you say a period of 15 years, I’m sure that Ukraine will be there if we don’t make mistakes,” the President said.
He stressed that Armenia will join the Union State, as the country “has nowhere to go”. Azerbaijan, in turn, is knocked out of “this cohort” due to Turkey’s support.
“And Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, I think, due to their necessity, primarily economic, will also join,” Lukashenka stressed.
Such an association will help countries better respond to threats due to a common defense space, the President of Belarus believes.
A striking example of such interaction is the provision of assistance to Kazakhstan by the CSTO. According to Lukashenka, such a union may also have a single currency.
“It will be an association of independent states. No, not independent – sovereign,” he concluded.