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Lukashenko: Minimal intervals between WTO entries for Customs Union states

MOSCOW, 19 December (BelTA) – President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko believes that Customs Union member states can enter the World Trade Organization with minimal time intervals. The President of Belarus made the relevant statement at the session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Moscow on 19 December, BelTA has learned.

“All the Customs Union member states entering the WTO with minimal time intervals will make our association even stronger and will increase the respect of the international community for it,” said the Belarusian head of state.

Alexander Lukashenko stressed that Belarus welcomes Russia’s membership in the WTO and expects Russia’s assistance in Belarus’ accession to the WTO. “I hope that the status of a full-fledged member of the World Trade Organization will give additional capabilities to our strategic partner for the sake of assisting Belarus’ entry into the organization,” said the Belarusian head of state.

The President remarked that the creation of the Customs Union and the Single Economic Space had reached the stage of a common market, which self-sustainability will make it stable in relation to external economic competition.

“However, we didn’t aim to get separated from the rest of the world,” stressed Alexander Lukashenko. “Contrariwise, it is necessary to promote trade and economic cooperation with other countries and supranational bodies as part of international division of labor”.