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Eurasian Economic Union Summit begins with a show of disunity

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By Euronews
Eurasian Economic Union Summit begins with a show of disunity

<p>The leaders of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan have sealed a deal to introduce a Eurasian Economic Union which will come into existence on January 1 alongside a joint security agreement.</p> <p>As this was meant to be a meeting of minds in a friendly environment journalists stared opened mouthed as Belarus President, Alexander Lukashenko, launched a stinging attack on Russia, while sat next to an amused President Putin.</p> <p>“The Russian agricultural watchdog has limited production and delivery of goods from Belarus to the Russian federation. Moreover, in violation of all international norms, we face a transit ban on our territory. It was done in a unilateral way without any consultation bypassing the Eurasian Economic Commission and as we learned during today’s talks Vladimir Putin, it went ahead without his agreement.” </p> <p>Mr Putin, simply smiled, said thank you and shook everyone by the hand.</p>