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Russia ready to help Belarus join WTO

Economy 19.06.2018 | 20:53

MINSK, 19 June (BelTA) – Russia confirms its readiness to assist Belarus with joining the World Trade Organization. Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei made the relevant statement during the session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State of Belarus and Russia in Minsk on 19 June, BelTA has learned.

Vladimir Makei mentioned Russia's readiness to help Belarus join the WTO as specified by the Belarusian-Russian foreign policy action program for 2018-2019.

The high points of the document also include the coordination of actions in working out approaches to interaction with international institutions in matters concerning the construction and safety arrangements of the Belarusian and Baltic nuclear power plants. Vladimir Makei also mentioned the readiness to resolve the situation concerning the freedom of movement across the Belarusian-Russian border, including for third-country citizens. “We are working hard on it,” said Vladimir Makei.

“Having confirmed that cooperation within the framework of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, the Eurasian Economic Union, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, and the Commonwealth of Independent States is an overriding priority in the foreign policy of the two countries, we've expressed the intention to promote proposals on creating a barrier-free environment in the bilateral trade, determine growth points in specific economic avenues, and bolster manufacturing ties,” added Vladimir Makei.

In line with the program the sides will take measures to encourage the Eurasian Economic Commission towards suppressing the practice of unjustified unilateral restrictions in mutual trade as much as possible. Besides, Belarus and Russia intend to improve the practical benefits of the Commonwealth of Independent States and work towards unlocking the potential of economic cooperation of the CIS member states.

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