Naryshkin: about 40 countries interested in creating free trade zone with EEU


About 40 countries are interested in creating a free trade zone with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The Russian State Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin said this on Thursday.

"About 40 countries are negotiating for a free trade zone with the EEU," he said during the 3d International Forum "Eurasian Economic Perspective".

Naryshkin added that Vietnam may become the first country to sign the free trade zone treaty with the EEU.

"Large-scale mutually beneficial projects are being implemented in association with such economic giants as China and India. Cooperation with these countries is of high priority, because along with raw materials, we export high-tech products and create joint ventures based of Eurasian technologies. All these factors promote the modernization and diversification of our economies," said the State Duma speaker.

In the beginning of April 2015, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev discussed the free trade zone treaty between the EEU and Vietnam with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung during the talks in Hanoi. In addition, the Eurasian Economic Commission and Iran also agreed to explore the opportunities to enter into the free trade zone treaty.

The EEU includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia. Kyrgyzstan plans to sign the agreement on entering the Union in May.

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