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During expanded meeting of Council of CIS Heads of Government, B. Sagintayev responded to statement of Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, S. Isakov

03 November 2017, 14:45

Today in Tashkent, at the meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States in an expanded format, Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, S. Isakov raised a question that was not on the agenda of the meeting concerning the situation in the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border sector.

In this regard, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev explained the position of the Government of Kazakhstan.

"The government of Kazakhstan considers statements of the Kyrgyz side as incorrect. The position of our state on this issue is well known. It fully corresponds to the ideology of the formation of the common economic space of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and is aimed at minimizing economic risks and economic damage to the member countries of the Union.

We call on the Government of Kyrgyzstan to confirm its obligations and ensure that the Kyrgyz Republic fulfills and implements its obligations within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union. We openly speak on this topic and want to be heard by our Kyrgyz colleagues.

The Government of Kazakhstan reckons on the constructive position of the Kyrgyz side in five principal areas:

First. Bringing the norms of the national legislation of Kyrgyzstan in accordance with the EAEU law on tax administration.

Second. Counteraction to illegal exports, including counterfeit products.

Third. Ensuring by the Kyrgyz side of permanent and effective veterinary-sanitary and phytosanitary (quarantine) control of goods for compliance with the requirements of the EAEU.

Fourth. Adoption by Kyrgyzstan of the measures to prevent and suppress violations of transport laws of the member countries of the Economic Union.

Fifth. Prevention of smuggling and illegal movement of narcotics, weapons, ammunition, etc. through the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border.

Thus, we protect not only our national interests. We protect the economic interests and economic security of the EAEU space.

At the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border, the order of monitoring and control remains, fully and strictly conforming to the norms and requirements of the EAEU legislation.

We are ready for a constructive dialogue on bilateral economic cooperation, as well as cooperation in the field of border, transport, phytosanitary and veterinary control, customs and tax administration.

We are ready to continue assisting the Kyrgyz colleagues in adapting to the norms and law of the EAEU."

For reference: At the initiative of Kazakhstan in 2016, the issue of insufficient customs administration regarding the determination of reliable customs value was repeatedly raised at the Joint Board of Customs Services, as well as within the meetings of the Council of the EEC and the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council.

In addition, a plan of joint actions was signed between the customs authorities of both countries in order to prevent the unreliable declaration of goods during the import from China to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan in June this year. However, due to the nonfulfillment by the Kyrgyz side of the planned measures, it was not implemented.