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All countries - participants of the CIS should synchronise customs processes before occurrence in the WTO, Herman Gref

has declared All countries - the participants of the CIS who has joined the agreement on formation of a zone of free trade, before occurrence in the World Trade Organization should synchronise customs processes. W such statement Minister of economic development and trade Herman Gref has acted on Wednesday at plenary session of the Federation Council. It has informed senators on performance by the government of the arrangements reached within the limits of the CIS on formation of a zone of free trade.

Gref has explained that for today already - Kirghizia, Georgia, Moldova and Armenia - in connection with joining to this organisation have incurred 4 states which are members of the WTO " it is less than obligations " than that provides the agreement on a zone of free trade which was signed by these countries. " Such raznoboj in customs modes as a matter of fact stimulates illegal import through these countries to Russia " - the minister has underlined.

in this connection he has declared that at accession to WTO by the main task of the states-participants CIS is nenarushenie obligations on a zone of free trade.

answering questions of senators, Gref recognised that in 2003 Russia hardly will have time to ratify the agreement on a zone of free trade. It has reminded that the agreement has been signed in 1994, however, till now two countries - Russia and Turkmenia have not executed interstate procedures after ratification and the introduction of this document into force. It is called by that the decision was accepted that the agreement will be ratified only after two-way deals under the inventory, withdrawn of a mode of free trade will be reached.

WRK on agreement ratification goes to Russia, Gref, however, has underlined many documents " Are in WRK, and also movement of some our partners in cancellation of some restrictions " is required; - he has told.

in turn, the first deputy of the Minister for Foreign Affairs Vasily Loshchinin, SPK about the agreement accepted on current week " the four " has declared that this agreement " considerably changes a situation as it is a question as a matter of fact of creation of uniform economic space ". " Not the secret that more than 90 percents of goods turnover of Russia occurs just to these countries - Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine " - he has told.