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18 June 2021, 15:55

Belarus calls on CIS to approve FTA in services

Igor Petrishenko. An archive photo
Igor Petrishenko. An archive photo

MOSCOW, 18 June (BelTA) – Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Igor Petrishenko called on the CIS countries to complete the work on reconciling the draft agreement on free trade in services as he spoke at the meeting of the CIS Economic Council in Moscow on 18 June, BelTA has learned.

The work on this agreement is to be completed in line with the action plan of Belarus' chairmanship in the CIS this year. “Belarus' Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko raised this topic at the CIS Heads of Government Council meeting in May. I suggested holding an extraordinary meeting of the Economic Council or a separate meeting at the level of vice premiers to discuss this matter. The CIS Executive Committee said that it was not urgent as the matter got off the ground. Yet, as far as I know, despite some progress, there are still a number of issues that need to be constructively discussed and settled,” Igor Petrishenko said.

“The declared goals can be achieved only through joint efforts, well-coordinated work of all the states and structures of the CIS without exception. Therefore, using this opportunity, I would like to once again call on the CIS states and the Executive Committee to finish the work,” the deputy prime minister emphasized.

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