Russia supports Kyrgyzstan's Customs Union bid: Medvedev

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MOSCOW. July 25. KAZINFORM Russia supports Kyrgyzstan's bid to join the tripartite Customs Union, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday.

"Russia stands for Kyrgyzstan to be a member of the Customs Union, this is our permanent position," Medvedev told his visiting Kyrgyz counterpart Omurbek Babanov in Moscow.

He also recommended Kyrgyzstan to follow the roadmaps agreed with Russia's partners in the Customs Union - Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Babanov replied that it is only "a matter of time" for that central Asian country to join the Customs Union.

Kyrgyzstan applied for a membership in the Customs Union in 2010, Xinhua reports.

The Customs Union became fully operational on July 1, 2010. Its three member states agreed to officially launch the Common Economic Space on Jan. 1, 2012 in a bid to make it a tighter bloc.

Medvedev urged Kyrgyzstan to solve its debt problem with Russia to clear the way for several joint projects between the two countries.

For his part, Babanov called Russia "a strategic partner," with whom Kyrgyzstan had no insoluble issues.

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