Updated at 15:34,14-12-2017

Belarus expects to join WTO in the next 2-3 years, representative of Belarus Foreign Ministry says

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Interaction between the World Trade Organization and Belarus activated last fall after Kazakhstan became the latest former Soviet republic to gain WTO membership on July 27, 2015.

The Eastern European nation of Belarus expects to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the next two to three years, Valery Kolesnik, an official with the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs foreign economic activity department said Tuesday.

"There was a moment when our negotiations slowed down a little bit, but we are seeing their activation and we expect to complete this process in a reasonable time The time frame is two to three years, maybe," Sputnik quotes Valery Kolesniks words.

Let us recall that the WTO established its working party on Belarus accession in 1993 and held its first meeting four years later. A total of seven formal working party meetings have been held in 1997-2005, followed by five rounds of informal consultations in 2005-14.

Interaction between the World Trade Organization and Belarus activated last fall after Kazakhstan became the latest former Soviet republic to gain WTO membership on July 27, 2015.