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MINSK, May 29. /TASS/. Belarus wants to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) on terms no inferior than those offered to Russia, Belarusian First Deputy Prime Minister Vasily Matyushevsky said on Sunday.
"Our principled position is as follows: we would like to join this organization on terms no worse than Russia. From this point of view, the effect from accession to the WTO will be more positive than negative," he told the Belarus-1 television channel.
On May 27, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei told journalists Minsk is taking concrete steps to join the World Trade Organization. The Belarusian side, in his words, is working "with those partners whose opinion will be important in taking a decision on accession to the WTO." He noted that this work will be invigorated. According to Makei, a number of organizational measures have been taken to facilitate Belarus’ joining this organization.
In March 2016, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ordered to invigorate the negotiating process on Belarus’ joining the World Trade Organization.