President Alexander Lukashenko has expressed doubts about the need for Belarus to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).
"The main question is whether or not we do (WTO accession - Ed.) In the current difficult conditions", - Lukashenka said in Minsk on Tuesday at a meeting of the republic's cooperation with the WTO.
He stressed that "accession to the WTO should not become an end in itself." According to the president, "compliance with national conditions for negotiations (accession - Ed.) - Key principle".
"Yesterday we were told that would not want to see us (the WTO - Ed.), And is actively pushing ... I always, when our rivals are pushing for some things, wonder, what would it", - the president continued.
He urged the government to decide whether the Belarusian manufacturers will be able to work in the WTO without the majority of non-tariff regulation and state support. He suggested to reflect on what needs to be done to protect the economic interests of Belarus in the event of entry into the organization.
"Two powerful unions to establish in the west and the east, the Atlantic and the Pacific What remains for the WTO in the world Some of my colleagues in the narrow circle say that the WTO itself is actually exhausted.?", - Lukashenka said.
He also reminded that the allies of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia are members of the WTO, it is necessary to consider and Minsk.
"But we have a certain degree of freedom, is not related to WTO rules. Do we need this degree of freedom? Will the accession to the WTO is something more or vice versa, we will undertake certain obligations?" - Lukashenko wondered.