Customs Union

Presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and, possibly, Ukraine expected to have talks soon

The presidents of the Customs Union troika and, possibly, Ukraine, will soon have a series of meetings.

Belarus ready to assist Armenia in joining Customs Union

Belarus is ready to provide every kind of assistance to Armenia to pave the way for it to join the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia as soon as possible, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Monday while meeting with the president of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, on the sid

Thousands of market vendors on strike against new certification rules

Small business owners with sole entrepreneur status in Minsk, Mahilyow, Homyel, Brest, Polatsk, Kastsyukovichy, and Baranavichy are known to have gone on strike at the suggestion of a small business association called Perspektyva...

Market vendors call for Belarus` exit from Customs Union

Delegates to a June 24 conference of small and medium-sized business owners voted for launching a campaign for Belarus` exit from the Customs Union...

Sole entrepreneurs threaten to go on strike to protest new certification rules

Small business owners with sole entrepreneur status may start a nationwide strike on July 1 if their new certification rules for light industry goods are introduced within the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia...

Prime ministers of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia to meet in October to discuss unsettled Customs Union issues

The prime ministers of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia are expected to meet in October to discuss issues relating to the establishment of a common economic zone within the three countries’ Customs Union that remain unsettled, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalo

Customs official downplays fears that new import rules can harm domestic makers

A customs official on Thursday played down fears that a recent increase in the amount of goods that individuals may bring in free of duty could harm domestic manufacturers, BelaPAN reports.

Kazakhstan may supply crude oil to Belarus, ambassador says

Kazakhstan may start supplying crude oil to Belarus if the two countries' economic entities reach an appropriate agreement on the matter, Kazakh Ambassador Anatoly Smirnov told reporters in Minsk on August 30, as quoted by

Belarus is ready to switch over to pragmatic relations with Russia, Lukashenka says

Belarus is ready to switch over, “in a calm and businesslike manner,” to pragmatic relations with Russia, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Thursday while meeting with the visiting governor of Russia's province of Kursk, Aleksandr Mikhailov, as quoted by

Presidential hopeful calls for closer ties with Russia

Syarhey Haydukevich, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and a potential presidential candidate in the coming elections, has called for closer ties with Russia and attacked Minsk for its bitter dispute with Moscow, as quoted by

Ukraine\'s accession to Customs Union is impossible, ambassador says

Ukraine's accession to the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia is impossible "above all due to economic motives," Ukrainian Ambassador Roman Bezsmetrnyi told reporters in Minsk on August 18, as quoted by BelaPA

Russia expected to ask Belarus, Kazakhstan to impose temporary ban on grain exports

An estimated five million hectares of crops have been destroyed by unusually hot and dry weather in Russia in the last few weeks. Grain prices have increased...

No specific steps taken to introduce single currency for Customs Union payments

Pyotr Prakapovich, head of the National Bank of Belarus, has expressed concern about what he called the lack of any specific steps to use a single currency for settling payments in the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, as quoted by

Putin denies waging information war against Lukashenka

“For some reason, our counterparts think that scathing media reports are initiated by someone, but this is not true,” hr said. “If anyone believes that they are unfair...