Russia will support Belarus in its intention to join the World Trade Organization, stated First Deputy Head of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation Vladimir Malinin on September 20th. “It is a political and economic issue but Russia for its part will voice its opinion that the countries that we directly contact with should make moves to enter the WTO,” he said.
The state officer pointed out the necessity to adjust to the requirements of the WTO and to form the customs technologies that way so it complies with the country’s obligation, as reports RIA Novosti.
Speaking about countervailing measures for Belarus with regard to Russia’s joining the WTO, Vladimir Malinin said that “it is a prerogative of the economic authorities of our three countries, in Russia it is in charge of the Ministry of Economic Development.”
According to him, the Federal Customs Service participates in it since one of the main tasks for the customs service of Russia is to accommodate the international trade. “It will all be arranged to facilitate the international trade, to simplify the customs procedures, to speed up customs clearance of cargos and goods,” added Deputy Head of the Federal Customs Service.
As Telegraf reported, Belarus is forced to join the World Trade Organization, as the President Alexander Lukashenko stated during his working trip to Minsk Region on August 21st. According to the President, life itself makes Belarus to run a massive program, which will allow the country to join the WTO on more favorable terms.