N E W S
13-MAY-02 (Russia MFA)
1-JUN-01 (People's Daily)
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C H R O N O L O G Y1995 - Russia and Belarus created a customs union, which Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan later joined.
1996 - The four states signed a treaty, with the goal of "deepening integration in the economy, science, education, culture, the social and other spheres with respect for the sovereignty of the sides", as well as coordination of foreign policies and joint protection of their borders.
26-Feb-1999 - Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan signed a new treaty for a "Customs Union and the Common Economic Space".
10-Oct-2000 - The five states signed the treaty creating the Eurasian Economic Community.
30-May-2001 - Treaty comes into force after having been ratified by the five member states.
A primary objective is to develop a full-scale customs union and common economic space. Other objectives include:
The five are expected to grant observer status to Moldova.