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Uzbekistan can join CIS free trade zone in May

29 January 2013

uzdaily.com of 1/29/2013 - Uzbekistan can join to free trade zone in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) by the end of May 2013, Belta news agency reported quoting Russian official.

Director of the First Department of the CIS States of the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Yevdokimov said that a session of the CIS Council of Heads of Government will take place in Minsk on 31 May 2013.

"Maybe, by that time Uzbekistan will have joined the CIS free trade zone," Mikhail Yevdokimov said.

He said that it is also possible that all the countries that signed the Free Trade Zone Agreement will ratify it by the mid-2013.

The agreement on free trade zone in the CIS was signed in October 2011 and Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Tajikistan and Ukraine are signees of the document. Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan expressed wish to consider to accession to the agreement.