Armenia's membership in EEU can not be put under doubt, minister says


YEREVAN, August 2. / ARKA /. Asked whether the statement of the US
Embassy about the possible impacts on Armenia of the sanctions imposed
by the EU and the USA against the Russian companies, as well as the
delays of the membership of the Republic of Armenia to the Eurasian
Economic Union, could lead to a revision of the policy of Armenia's
membership to that structure Armenian foreign minister Edward
Nalbandyan said:

"The membership of the Republic of Armenia to the Eurasian Union is
deriving from the interests of economic development and strategic
interests of our country. Our membership to that structure can not be
put under doubt. Armenia will surely strive to lead the membership
process to the Eurasian Economic Union to its conclusion, undertaking
its full share of responsibility in the decision making mechanisms in
that structure. That will grant new opportunities to Armenia in terms
of raising competitiveness in its main export markets and increasing
the export volume, further enhancing and deepening of economic
relations with the member states of the Union, as well as encouraging
direct investments from those states into Armenia."

At the May 29 summit of the Customs Union in Astana, Kazakh president
Nursultan Nazarbayev publicly demanded that the treaty on Armenia's
accession make clear that Armenia is joining the EEU with its
internationally recognized borders that do not include
Nagorno-Karabakh.

He said this demand was conveyed by Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev
in a letter sent to him and presidents of Russia and Belarus. The
demand presumably means that the Armenian government will have to
start taxing goods imported from Karabakh. Armenian authorities have
ruled out such a possibility.

After a meeting with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in
Russian Sochi in July Armenian prime minister Hovik Abrahamyan told
reporters in Yerevan that the treaty on Armenia's accession to the
Eurasian Economic Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan will be
signed in late October. -0-


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