Belarus' Vice-Premier, Andrei Kobyakov, stated that even when the Customs Code of the Customs Union entered into force, there should not expect any radical changes in Belarus. Deputy head of the government argued his point of view by that the Customs Code of Belarus and of the CU are "documents close enough to each other".
Commenting on recent unofficial information in mass media on the ratification of the Customs Code of the CU by the parliament of Belarus, Andrei Kobyakov called «not to idolize some parts of state procedures» and noted that the final decision on the introduction of the document could be taken only by the heads of the Customs Union’ countries, who would meet in Astana on July 5, BelaPAN informs.
However, Deputy Prime Minister focused journalists’ attention once again on the position of the Belarusian side, which insisted on that the Customs Union to function without any exceptions and limitations. «The only question is how ready the parties for that. The Belarusian side is ready», deputy head of Belarusian government said.
As Telegraf previously reported, in the evening of June 30, several anonymous sources of Belarusian and Russian sides announced that both houses of Belarusian parliament had ratified the Customs Code of the Customs Union at a closed meeting on the last day of the spring session. This information was not officially confirmed nor denied. In any case, the process of Belarus’ ratification of the CC of the CU will be completed only when the document is signed by the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko.
The stumbling block in the process of the Customs Code introduction by Belarus became export duties on oil and petroleum products, imposed by Russia from January 1, 2010. The Belarusian side insists on their complete or temporary cancellation (till taken decision on its claim to the CIS Economic Court, where Belarus’ Ministry of Justice applied).
Customs Code of the Customs Union should enter into force on July 1. On May 28, it was signed by the heads of governments of Russia and Kazakhstan, but Belarusian Prime Minister, Sergei Sidorsky, did not come to that meeting in St. Petersburg. After that, Russia declared that in case of Belarus’ refusal to sign the CC of the CU on July 1, the Customs Union to operate in full regime in bilateral format and Belarus would be able to become its full-fledged member later.