Belarus Ministry: Ukraine's joining Customs Union could be considered after official request


Minsk, February 22 (Interfax-Ukraine) - The issue of Ukraine's joining the Customs Union of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan could be considered after a relevant official request is submitted to the Customs Union Committee, Anton Kudasov, a deputy director of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry's foreign trade department, said at a round table meeting dedicated to issues of joining the World Trade Organization in Minsk.

"As far as I know, such proposals have not been received yet. We will consider them if they are received," he said, commenting on reports that Ukraine could join the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan during the presidency of its newly elected leader, Victor Yanukovych.

According to Kudasov, Ukraine's joining the Customs Unions doesn't require the adjustment of agreements earlier signed by the sides, but will "require certain attention to the legislation of Ukraine."

"We must consider how it [Ukraine's legislation] corresponds to the level of harmonization between Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, for example, in the sphere of customs tariffs," Kudasov said.


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