Belarus Prepares for Concession to Customs Union

Belarus is ready to make concessions for the Customs Union to push it through, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

"All we want is for everything to be done properly and for all our relations to be based on equality and respect. If we see these things, we will make any compromises, any concessions, even if they are difficult and sensitive for us at some stage," Lukashenko said at a meeting in Minsk with Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov.

The tripartite Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan was established on Jan. 1. So far it appears unable to work fully in July as expected, as the leaders of the former Soviet republics have failed to resolve some disputes.

Moscow and Minsk faced off on tariffs on imports of Russian oil supplies, which Belarus saw as duty-free goods.


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