RUBEN SAFRASTYAN: STATEMENT ON TURKEY'S MEMBERSHIP IN THE CUSTOMS UNION A MESSAGE TO THE EU

17:02 31.10.2013

Anna Nazaryan
Public Radio of Armenia

Having failed to register victory on the Syrian issue, Turkey is
changing its policy. Turkey has launched an independent game, and
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev's proposal to accept Turkey in
the Customs Union was part of that game.

According to expert of Turkish studies Ruben Safrastyan, it was a
message to the EU, which has long suspended the membership talks
with Turkey. He says Turkey's membership in the Customs union is
unrealistic at this point and there are no prerequisites for it.

"However, if we assume Turkey joins the Customs Union, Armenia must
have a say here, of course, if it ever becomes a full member of the
CU," Sargsatyan said.

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Some political scientists believe the Turkish-Azerbaijani factor will
weaken in the country after Margvelashvili's victory. Safrastyan said
he does not share the opinion.

Unlike Armenia and Georgia, Azerbaijan does not rush to move either
towards the EU or the Customs Union. "Official Baku does not aspire to
join any alliance, as it has oil, which makes it more independent,"
Ruben Safrastyan said. He added that no changes should expected in
the Karabakh issue.

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