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Vice PM: Belarus Has Good Chance To Enter WTO By Summer 2020

Belarus has a good chance to become a WTO member by summer 2020 and keep agricultural sector support at the same level, Belarus’ First Vice Prime Minister Aleksandr Turchin said in the interview to local TV.

Support for agriculture is a key task.

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“We are determined to keep agriculture support at the same level, maybe even expand it a bit,” Aleksandr Turchin said. He added there is still space for concessions in the talks, whereas Belarus is aware of the lines it can’t cross.

Belarus is ready for a compromise, but without compromising its own interests, First Vice Prime Minister stressed.

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Turchin said that Russian and the USA have the most rigid stance in the talks, but it helps Belarus have a new angle on many issues.

“We’ve achieved significant progress in a short time,” the official said.

According to him, Belarus has a good chance to finish all the formalities by the Twelfth Ministerial Conference in June 2020 in Kazakhstan. The final draft of the agreement should be ready by 2019 year-end or early 2020.

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