Putin to attend customs union meeting in Minsk

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will pay a working visit to the Belarusian capital Minsk on Thursday to attend a meeting of the Interstate Council of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, the cabinet said.

The prime ministers of the three countries will sum up the work to develop the union and will outline the key tasks for 2011-2012. They are also expected to make a number of important decisions on the union’s contractual and legal base.

The Customs Union materialized in July 2010, when the countries ratified the Customs Code. Customs borders are to be scrapped on July 1, 2011.

The creation of a common economic space with the free movement of goods, services and labor is billed as the next stage of the three countries’ integration.


MOSCOW, May 19 (RIA Novosti)

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