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Wednesday 6 July 2011

Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan to discuss energy cooperation


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MINSK (BelTA) – Prospects of developing cooperation in the fuel and energy sectors will be high on the agenda of a forthcoming meeting between the premiers of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. The meeting will be held in Moscow on 12th July, Belabour’s Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich told media on 6th July.

“The sides are set to discuss issues regarding cooperation in the fuel and energy areas. The issues are topical for us,” the Belabour’s head of government said. In his words, the parties will also study the issues related to the participation of Russian and Kazakh companies in the privatization processes in Belarus.

The premiers of the Customs Union member states will attach special attention to the operation of the single economic space. “There are still issues to address. We have not yet harmonized our relations with Kazakhstan in the field of standardization and regulations. Belarus has made a considerable headway with Russia in the area,” Mikhail Myasnikovich noted.

The heads of government will also look into ways of improving working mechanisms in the Customs Union. “We are to define the most optimal approaches to the Customs Union efficient operation,” he said.

The sides will discuss other issues, as well. They will include the WTO accession by the Customs Union member states. The forthcoming event also envisages a meeting between businessmen of the three countries. “It will be not simply a meeting between the premiers, but a so-called business forum,” Mikhail Myasnikovich added.

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