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BISHKEK, May 21 (Itar-Tass) - Quite a lot of steps are to be made to have Kyrgyzstan join the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev said on Tuesday.
“By the end of the current year, a roadmap of Kyrgyzstan’s accession of the Customs Union is to be adopted,” he told journalists. “Time will show when exactly we join the Customs Union, a lot of documents are to be adopted.”
According to the Kyrgyz leader, “pure intention” is not enough for Kyrgyzstan to promptly join the Customs Union. “The Customs Union member states must vote for that as well,” he stressed.
Atambayev also noted that Kyrgyzstan would seek preferences while joining the Customs Union. “Just like Belarus and Kazakhstan did,” he said. At the same time, he stressed he favored further expansion of the Customs Union. “As a person born in the former Soviet Union I would be only glad if the Customs Union united many countries. It would be beneficial for their peoples as well,” he added.