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    CIS 4'S PARLIAMENTS TO RATIFY SINGLE ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT AGREEMENT NEXT SPRING, EXPECTS RUSSIA'S VICE-PREMIER

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    MOSCOW, January 19, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - The parliaments of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan will ratify next spring a quadripartite intergovernmental agreement to establish a single economic environment, expects Viktor Khristenko, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister.

    The ratification "will not be an easy job- there will be many disputes, and many people to coax, but the thing is worth it. That will be a breakthrough to bring full legitimacy to the single economic environment," he said at a business lunch on the editorial premises of the Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Moscow-based official daily.

    Mr Khristenko hopes an environment statute, popularly known as its "economic constitution", will be drafted even within the year. Currently available blueprints comprise 125 clauses. "Some people think they can be implemented only with tiny steps forward. Others argue all the 125 are to be implemented all together, in one fell swoop. That will demand quick adoption of an all-embracing code concerning commodity circulation, capital, services and, last but not least, migrations of workforce and private persons between the four countries within the united economic environment. It will come as the four countries' economic constitution, of a kind," explained the Vice-Premier.

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