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Russian, Belarusian, Kazakh leaders to meet for final consultations before EEU launches

December 23, 2014, 9:20 UTC+3 MOSCOW MOSCOW December, 23. /TASS
The Eurasian Economic Union, the largest association on the post-Soviet space, begins working on January 1, 2015
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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev (L), Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko (C) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R)

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev (L), Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko (C) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R)

© ITAR-TASS/Alexey Druzhinin

MOSCOW, December 23. /TASS/. The Russian, Belarusian and Kazakh presidents will meet in the Kremlin on Tuesday for final consultations before the beginning of work of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).

“It will be a concluding meeting in the process of formation of the EEU. The largest union with the consumer market volume of more than 170 people will begin working in the post-Soviet space in a few days. Its functioning will be based on standards and principles of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and ensure free movement of goods, services, capitals and workforce,” Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said. The EEU begins working on January 1, 2015.

The Armenian and Kyrgyz presidents will also participate in the summit. Armenia, which has ratified all the required documents, will become a full member of the union on January 2. As for Kyrgyzstan, preparations to sign an agreement on its accession to the EEU are in the concluding phase. The country is expected to join the union on May 1, 2015.

On the agenda are also common rules for circulation of medicines and medical equipment. The meeting is expected to approve a list of goods and services for the common market that will begin functioning from the first days.

The summit is also expected to approve the decision on the presiding country for 2015. It is known that Kazakhstan will take over the presidency in 2016.

Infographics The Eurasian Economic Union starts its work The Eurasian Economic Union starts its work
The Treaty on the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union comes into effect on January 1. Infographics by TASS

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