President: Kyrgyzstan ready to make concessions to join Customs Union
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 25 / Trend E. Kosolapova /
Kyrgyzstan is interested in joining the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. It is ready to compromise for this purpose, Kyrgyz president Almazbek Atambaev said in an interview with "Voice of Russia" radio station.
"We have made our request, we are ready to join, but the decision will be made by Russian, Belarusian and Kazakh governments. Kyrgyzstan will request certain preferences, delays in some items. But in general we are ready to concede," Atambayev said.
The Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus has been operating since 2010. It aims at forming a single customs zone where no duties or economic restrictions are applied, except special protective, antidumping and compensatory measures. The Common Economic Space within the Customs Union started to operate from Jan.1, 2012.