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Russian PM Welcomes Kyrgyzstan's Interest In Joining Customs Union

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (right) with his Kyrgyz counterpart, Zhantoro Satybaldiev, address the press after a meeting at the Gorki state residence outside Moscow on April 23.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Russia fully supports Kyrgyzstan's efforts to join the Eurasian Customs Union.

Kyrgyz Economy Minister Temir Sariev said in December that his country aimed to join the customs union in 2014.

However, Medvedev, speaking on April 23 after talks with visiting Kyrgyz Prime Minister Jantoro Satybaldiev, said Kyrgyzstan still had to sign "64 more documents" before joining the union.

The Eurasian Customs Union was launched in 2011 and consists currently of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia.

Russian officials say the eventual goal is to create by 2015 a Eurasian economic union modeled after the European Union.

Also on April 23, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov told reporters that his country would obtain observer status in the customs union by the end of May.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS, Interfax, and UNIAN