14 Oct 2009 16:19

Customs Union documents could be signed at EurAsEC November summit

BEIJING. Oct 14 (Interfax) - Documents to create an environment for the functioning of the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC) will be ready and could be signed by EurAsEC heads of state during their meeting in November, Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov said at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Beijing on Wednesday.

"Kazakhstan's delegation will come to Moscow next week. A final agreement on all documents will be reached during a meeting with [Russian] First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov. They [the documents] should be ready and could be signed at a meeting of EurAsEC heads in late November in order to allow the Customs Union to come into force starting from January 1, as we have already agreed," Masimov said.

Kazakhstan will finish equipping its southern border before the end of the year, he said.

"The borders of the area under our control will be covered", Masimov said.

All efforts to form the Customs Union and to prepare decisions of heads of state need to be completed before January 1, Putin said.