KyivPost

Vietnam keen to join Customs Union

Print version
July 30, 2012, 9:34 a.m. | World — by Interfax-Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Vietnamese couterpart Truong Tan Sang attend a joint press conference in Moscow on July 27, 1012. Russia is holding talks about opening naval bases in Moscow's Soviet-era allies Cuba and Vietnam as well as the Seychelles, the commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy said.
© AFP

NARYAN-MAR - Vietnam is showing interest towards the possibility of joining the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang said.

"We hope that with a high political will of the leaders of our countries, as well as our Belarusian and Kazakh comrades and partners, we will be able to begin this process very soon and bring it to completion in the form of an agreement on Vietnam's accession to the Customs Union," the Vietnamese president told a press conference in Naryan-Mar on July 29.

"[I am confident] that if such an agreement is agreed upon and signed, it will give a new impetus for intensifying our relationship and increasing trade," he said.

"Indeed, there is a mutual desire between me and Russian President Vladimir Putin to increase the volume of trade and economic relations. We discussed the issue of speeding up quality talks over the signing of a free trade agreement. We have agreed to announce the start of talks over a free trade agreement as early as September 2012, during the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit in Vladivostok," the president said.

The Russian and Vietnamese presidents met in Sochi on July 27. The meeting focused on the broadening of the bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

The Kyiv Post is disabling its online comment section due to an increase in trolls, violent comments and other personal attacks. Other news organizations worldwide have taken similar steps for the same reasons. The Kyiv Post regrets having to take this action. The newspaper believes in a robust public debate, but the discussion must be constructive and intelligent. For the time being, the Kyiv Post will allow comments on its moderated Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/kyivpost/. The newspaper will consider hosting online comments again when circumstances allow. Thank you from the Kyiv Post.

KyivPost

© 1995–2015 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the www.kyivpost.com material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at news@kyivpost.com
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.