The final free trade talks with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) will begin next week.
Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic announced this on Thursday, Tanjug is reporting.
Ljajic told TV PINK that he expected a free trade agreement with Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan to be concluded before Russian President Vladimir Putin’s January 17 visit to Serbia.
He said most of the agreement had been coordinated but that a few more aspects Serbia was interested in – such as meat, certain types of alcoholic beverages, cheese, cigarettes, sugar, cars – remained to be addressed.
“The agreement with the EAEU will not jeopardize Serbia’s trade with the European Union. Until we become a full EU member, we have the right to conclude free trade agreements,” he said.
The EAEU is a market of 180 million consumers and an opportunity for Serbian producers, as well as a good signal to foreign investors, he said.