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Kyrgyz Premier Supports Joining Regional Customs Union

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Almazbek Atambaev
Kyrgyz Prime Minister Almazbek Atambaev
BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz Prime Minister Almazbek Atambaev says Kyrgyzstan would benefit from joining the Kazakhstan-Belarus-Russia customs union, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Atambaev said in Bishkek on March 3 that although there may be some difficulties in
becoming a member, over the long run Kyrgyzstan would see many positive results
from being in the customs union.

He said Kyrgyzstan has appointed a special envoy to the customs union who will act as an observer.

Atambaev was speaking at a ceremony in which the Emergency Situations Ministry received equipment donated by Russia.

The customs union, grouping Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia, officially started functioning last year.

Goods from the three countries are allowed to be imported duty free into member countries. The prices of products exported from the three countries out of the union's territory are agreed on between the member states.

Read more in Kyrgyz here