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Belarus' representative in Geneva on WTO talks with Washington

Economy 13.12.2019 | 09:55
Yuri Ambrazevich. Photo courtesy of Belarus' permanent representative office in Geneva
Yuri Ambrazevich. Photo courtesy of Belarus' permanent representative office in Geneva

GENEVA, 13 December (BelTA) - Negotiations with the United States on Belarus' accession to the World Trade Organization are proceeding in a constructive manner, Belarus' Ambassador to Switzerland, Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva Yuri Ambrazevich told the media on 12 December, BelTA has learned.

“The discussion of Belarus' WTO accession with the United States is underway. There is mutual understanding of the matter. There is a constructive approach,” the Belarusian diplomat said. He added that informal talks with the United States Permanent Representative to the WTO in Geneva took place on 12 December.

According to Yuri Ambrazevich, the United States is currently working on a package of documents on Belarus' accession to the World Trade Organization.

The ambassador also touched upon other aspects of the negotiation process, in particular Belarus' commitments to its partners in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). “Belarus stays committed to the EAEU member-states, and there are certain red lines which it cannot cross. We have brought this stance to those with whom we are discussing the WTO accession. Belarus clearly proceeds from its obligations to the EAEU in the negotiation process,” said Yuri Ambrazevich.

He added that WTO membership will give additional chances to make the national economy more competitive.

Speaking about the crisis in the WTO and the reformation of the organization, the diplomat said: “The general approach is as follows: the world needs the organization and it will continue operating.

The meeting was held at the Belarusian embassy in Geneva as part of the program organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation to expand multilateral dialogue.

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