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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

CIS States Agree on Integration

Russia and four other former Soviet republics agreed Tuesday to devote more effort to integrating their economies in a bid to boost trade.

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said the nations had experienced a drop in trade due in part to a lack of coordination of import taxes and laws, according to Itar-Tass.

Speaking during a meeting of the five-nation Eurasian Economic Community in Moscow, Kasyanov said the governments must work harder to revive the trade ties.

"We must continue to improve our joint activities in the social-economic sphere," Kasyanov said, Itar-Tass reported.

Kazakh Prime Minister Imangali Tasmagambetov added that a "deeper integration depends on joint economic activities," the news agency reported.

Kasyanov said the nations had agreed to increase humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. "The situation must undoubtedly be addressed by the governments of our countries together," he was quoted as saying.