The presidents of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan signed a package of deals on November 27, 2009, to create a customs union with common tariffs, paving the way for a single economic space. The Customs Union between the three former Soviet states came into force on January 1
Ukraine’s prime minister is to attend a meeting Tuesday of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Moscow with the leaders of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, a Russian presidential aide said.
Ukraine appeared to be on the brink of signing economic agreements next week that may well spell the end of a deal that would bring Kiev closer to Europe, following announcements by the country’s premier that it was ready for a deal with Moscow.
Representatives of the Russian-led Customs Union are in talks over creation of a free trade zone with New Zealand and some non-EU European nations, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.
If Ukraine wants to take part in projects that Russia is carrying out with Belarus and Kazakhstan as part of the Customs Union, it is welcome to send expert-level delegations, the Russian president said Thursday.
Russia and Europe will need to revive their relationship and work toward creation of an integrated space from Lisbon to Vladivostok after a key EU political summit this week, Lithuanian diplomat Vygaudas Usackas said in an interview published Thursday in Kommersant business daily.
A senior official in Uzbekistan on Tuesday expressed unusual, if cautious, support for the prospect of his Central Asian nation joining a Russia-led trade bloc.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that it would be impossible for Ukraine to join a Moscow-led Customs Union if the country signs an association agreement with the European Union.
Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced support Thursday for his Kazakh counterpart’s proposal to dissolve the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC), but said such a move should be gradual and well thought over.
The European Union is waiting for Armenia to provide clarification of its decision to enter the Moscow-led Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, a spokeswoman for the EU foreign policy chief said Wednesday.
Armenia is ready to join the Moscow-led Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan and later take part in establishing the Eurasian Economic Union, Armenia’s president said in a statement Tuesday.
Ukraine will decide through popular vote whether to sign a free-trade pact with the European Union or join the rival Russia-led Customs Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said Friday.
The number of Ukrainians, who want their country to join the customs union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan is slightly more than the number of those who favor European integration, a Ukrainian pollster said.
Russia is ready to help Kyrgyzstan join the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan and its common economic space, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday dismissed the possibility of Ukraine joining the post-Soviet trade bloc of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on special terms.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Kiev on January 13-14 to discuss Ukraine’s participation in the Customs Union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara said on Thursday.