Kyrgyzstan to become full member of Eurasian Economic Union

ANKARA - Kyrgyzstan will become a full member of the Eurasian Economic Union on May 1, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov said on Thursday.

The Russian Embassy in Ankara hosted the Kyrgyzstan ambassador to Turkey, the ambassador of Belarus in Turkey and the ambassador of Kazakhstan to Turkey. 

The Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union came into force on Jan. 1, 2015 and it is seen as an alternative to the European Union for Russia and former Soviet countries.

The basis of the organization is to allow the free movement of goods, services, capital and workforce among the member states, and for them to conduct common policies in key sectors of the economy, such as energy, industry, agriculture and transport.

With Kyrgyzstan's accession into the union, it will have five members including Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Armenia. 

The Kyrgyzstan Ambassador to Turkey Ibragim Junusov said that membership will open important horizons in the agriculture and food sectors of Kyrgyzstan.

Speaking at the joint press conference, the Ambassador of Belarus in Turkey Andrei Savinykh said: "The union was established to contribute to the economic development of member states."

Saying that the union is a long-term project, Savinykh added the union will be one of the major economic actors in the international arena.

The Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Turkey Zhanseit Tuimebayev said "Like any other country, Turkey may also become a member of the union."

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