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Putin backs idea of joint customs points on borders of EAEU countries

December 14, 2017, 20:13 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Treaty on the establishment of the EAEU was signed by the presidents of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on May 29, 2014

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MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin supports the idea of joint customs points on the borders of the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

"What's wrong if customs officers from Belarus or Kazakhstan appear at our customs points and work for a while with their colleagues and our officers appear at their customs points? This does not violate the principle of sovereignty and makes the work of customs more transparent," Putin said at his annual press conference.

Putin called the creation and operation of the EAEU as "our greatest common achievement."

"The figures show that the decisions were correct and we are moving in the right direction," he stressed. According to Putin, the internal trade turnover of the countries of the union grew by 29%, and the total GDP of the member countries - by 1.8%.

The Treaty on the establishment of the EAEU was signed by the presidents of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on May 29, 2014 in Astana.

The agreement is the basic document defining the accords between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan for creating the Eurasian Economic Union for the free movement of goods, services, capital and workforce and conducting coordinated, agreed or common policies in key sectors of the economy, such as energy, industry, agriculture and transport.

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