28 May 2010 16:57

Belarusian PM not to participate in Customs Union meeting due to disagreements

MINSK. May 28 (Interfax) - Belarusian Prime Minister Sergei Sidorsky has decided not to take part in a meeting of the Governing Body of the Customs Union planned for Friday in St. Petersburg because of some fundamental disagreements on certain issues sensitive to Belarus.

"The non-participation of the prime minister is due to disagreements on some fundamental issues," Alexander Timoshenko, a spokesman for Sidorsky, told Interfax on Friday.

"The prime ministers failed to agree on all sensitive issues within the framework of the Customs Union at a meeting in St. Petersburg a week ago and instructed experts to continue work in this direction," Timoshenko said.

"The experts managed to reach an understanding on many disputed issues, but not on all of them," he said.

Therefore, "Belarus has considered its participation in the announced meeting premature," he said.