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Serbia: Russia, Belgrade towards free trade deal with EAEU

Ambassador Kharchenko, agreement to be signed in October

21 August, 14:06
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, AUGUST 21 - Serbia may sign a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) in autumn, Russian ambassador in Belgrade Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko said on Twitter, the Tass news agency reported. "On October 25, an agreement is expected to be signed on a free trade zone between Serbia and the Eurasian Economic Union," the Russian diplomat said. "For Belgrade, the implementation of the document will mark a completely new stage of presence in Eurasia, entering a market with a capacity of over 182 million consumers," Kharchenko wrote, as quoted by Tass. According to Kharchenko, after the agreement with the Union Serbia "may become one of the links on the space between the EU and the EAEU". The step signals "Belgrade's balanced policy, an approach to conducting international affairs, taking into account its own national interests." The Russian news agency recalled that Vyacheslav Volodin, Speaker of the Duma, previously said that the deal between Serbia and the EAEU could be signed by the end of 2019, while "Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called for speeding up the drafting of agreements on the EAEU free trade zones with Serbia and Singapore." Currently, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation are members of the Eurasian Economic Union, established at the end of 2014. (ANSA).

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