Belarus confirms ratification of all Customs Union documents

Belarus has ratified all agreements and understandings within the framework of the Customs Union, the country's president said Saturday.

"We have ratified all the treaties and agreements concerning the Customs Union. We have ratified the Customs Code and are currently in the same coordinate system with them (Russia and Kazakhstan)," President Alexander Lukashenko was cited by RIA Novosti news agency as saying.

"I must tell you that we did not lag behind either Russia or Kazakhstan in building the Customs Union," Lukashenko said from Minsk.

The three former Soviet republics signed an agreement on the establishment of the Customs Union on Nov. 27, 2009. The pact formally started on Jan. 1, but could not work fully due to disputed issues and the awaiting ratification of the customs code.


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