Contender for the presidency of Belarus, Jaroslav Romanchuk, believes that the Customs Union of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan will exist only formally and will not provide any benefits for Belarus. "There has begun informational war. It indicates that the Customs Union will exist formally, as well as dozens of other treaties, which existed between our countries and exist now", the economist said.
According to the deputy chairman of the United Civil Party, «since 1992 we access various integration associations, and still have a situation when Belarus quarrels with everybody and is in isolation», the UCP web-site informs.
«There have been attempts to create Customs Union, Union State, EurAsEC. All this led to discord between the leaders of the countries. This is another attempt. I do not see political will here», Jaroslav Romanchuk said.
According to the expert, the Belarusian side is aimed to ensure petroleum products to be duty-free, to have common prices on oil and gas. «Russia is not to agree. Therefore, they will continue to quarrel. I think that we do not even feel anything after today, when the Customs Code came into force», deputy head of the UCP said.
The aspirant for presidency supposes that «at the borders of Belarus our officers will control the Russians, the Russians will control Belarusian goods». «And in connection with, for example, new requirements to certificates for meat and milk, we can expect that measures against Belarusian products to expand», the economist added.
«So, we can sleep peacefully. And I think that football World Cup will impact Belarusian economy more than signed Customs Code», Jaroslav Romanchuk summed up.