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    14:10, 18 September, 2013

    YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 18, ARMENPRESS: The decision of Armenia to join
    the Customs Union has a strategic character and in the base of
    such decisions the security issue is considered. This was stated on
    September 18 by the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Armenia
    Seyran Ohanyan. "The decision was made, taking into account the
    current situation around Armenia, the conflicts available in the
    region and the Nagorno Karabakh issue", - said Seyran Ohanyan, as
    reported by Armenpress.

    The Minister of Defense of the Republic of Armenia noted that in the
    framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, Armenia
    develops serious cooperation with the Russian Federation. "Our
    strategic partner assists us in provision of the up-to-date military
    equipment", - said Seyran Ohanyan, emphasizing that the membership
    in the Customs Union will provide with the opportunity to deepen the
    cooperation with Russia.

    In the result of the negotiations on September 3, 2013 in Moscow the
    Presidents Serzh Sargsyan and Vladimir Putin confirmed the aim of
    the Republic of Armenia and the Russian Federation in the direction
    of further development of economic integration processes in the
    Eurasian territory. In that context the President of the Republic of
    Armenia Serzh Sargsyan announced about the Armenia's decision to join
    the Customs Union and the necessity of implementation corresponding
    steps for that aim and in future about participating in formation of
    the Eurasian economic union. The President of the Russian Federation
    Vladimir Putin expressed his support to the abovementioned decision
    of Armenia and informed about the readiness of the Russian side to
    support the process.

    Earlier Armenpress published the speech of the Armenian President
    Serzh Sargsyan during the press conference on the results of the
    negotiations with the Russian President Vladimir Putin:

    "Honorable Mister President, respectable representatives of media,

    I want to begin with gratitude word directed to Mister Putin for just
    ended open negotiations, atmosphere of confidence and arrangements
    directed to further development of Armenian-Russian relations. As it
    was said in constructive atmosphere together with Russian President we
    discussed the main issues of strategic partnership of our countries -
    in political, trade-economic, energy, humanitarian and other fields.

    Naturally we spoke about regional issues and settlement of
    Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. I confirmed once more Armenia's readiness to
    settle the conflict exclusively peacefully on the base of principles
    of self-determination of people, retraining from threat or use of
    force, territorial integrity of states. I reconfirmed our readiness
    to continue looking for solutions for the crisis on the base of
    settlement principles and elements reflected in joint statements of
    Russian, American and French Presidents. One of main topics of our
    negotiations was the necessity of infrastructure reforms in Armenia,
    securing modernization and diversification of economy where Russia
    is represented with many enterprises. We discussed in details the
    prospective directions of our cooperation. We also discussed issues
    relating Eurasian integration and I confirmed Armenia's wish to join
    Customs Union and be involved in the process of formation of Eurasian
    economic union. 20 years ago Armenia together with Russia and other
    CIS member states formed its military security system in format of
    Collective security treaty. During these decades the system approved
    its vitality and efficiency. Today our CSTO partners form new platform
    of economic cooperation. I have said many times that being in the same
    system of military security it is impossible to isolate yourself from
    corresponding geo-economic territory. This is a rational decision and
    it comes from interests of the Republic of Armenia. This decision
    is not refusal from dialogue with European organizations. During
    these years Armenia in support of its European partners held serious
    institutional reforms. Nowadays Armenia in this sense is much more
    efficient and competitive country as it was several years ago.

    Ladies and gentlemen,

    The results of our negotiations are reflected in our joint statements
    signed with Vladimir Putin several minutes ago. I am sure that
    realization of all arrangements will give new impetus to strategic
    allied partnership.

    Mister President, I am grateful for warm reception and made