MOSCOW (Sputnik), Anastasia Dmitrieva — Norway-initiated talks between the two trade blocs began in 2011 but were halted in March 2014 by the EFTA delegation amid the Russian-European rift that followed the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis and Crimea's reunification with Russia. EFTA countries imposed sanctions on Russia alongside the European Union.
"As for negotiations for RuBeKa, these talks are still frozen … We continue to monitor the situation, with a view to possibly resuming negotiations when the political situation allows," Maland said after a meeting of a Norwegian-Russian joint economic commission in Moscow.
She added that there was so far no progress in efforts to restart the talks aimed at facilitating free trade and boosting mutual investments between the two blocs.
The Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia was established on January 1, 2010 to facilitate trade between the countries.