Putin: Russia represents Customs Union, Common Economic Space at APEC summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin will inform Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko about results of the APEC Vladivostok summit.

Putin told Lukashenko at the beginning of the meeting at his Sochi residence that he would tell him about "the APEC summit outcome."

"Especially what happens behind the scenes?" Lukashenko asked with a smile.

"There is nothing very secret there," Putin said.

"You already know what was discussed there and how. There was nothing special about the forum but the fact that it was held in the region, which is the locomotive of the world economy. The mood is more positive there than in other regions, but there are also regional concerns and considerations about what should be done to carry on the development," the Russian leader said.

He said he stressed at the summit that Russia was representing not only its own interests but also the interests of the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space and"was acting on behalf and under the authority of Belarus and Kazakhstan."

"Our partners showed interest and some countries expressed the wish for a free trade zone agreement with the Common Economic Space," Putin said.

"We have practically completed the work at the working group with Vietnam. We can start working in that area," the president said.

Some other countries also intend to cooperate with the integration structures, he said.

"We should carefully evaluate all cons and pros in making such decisions, we should evaluate the range of commodities and level interests of both sides," the Russian president stressed.

The interest in this cooperation "is genuine, sincere, and it reflects the attractiveness and recognition of our common market of the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space and the prospects our partners can see," he said.

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