One year on: The terms of Armenia’s accession to EEU still unclear

Lena Badeyan
Public Radio of Armenia

A year after Armenia declared plans to join the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, the terms of Armenia’s accession are still unclear, although some concrete dates have been mentioned on several occasions. A few days ago Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev said the issue will be solved at consultations in Minsk scheduled for October 10.

Chairman of the Armenian National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Financial-Credit and Budgetary Affairs Gagik Minasyan predicts that all CIS countries will finally join the Eurasian Economic Union. “This is an additional security guarantee,” he says.

Gagik Minasyan says no customs checkpoint will be built between Armenia and Karabakh, and there will be no changes in the relations between the two after Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union

The MP says the name of the structure corresponds to its essence, i.e. the Union will not solve political issues. His confidence further reinforced after Kazakh President’s recent statement that his country could quit EEU membership should it threaten Kazakhstan’s independence.

Gagik Minasyan tries to find something positive in every negative phenomenon. Thus, he sees the sanctions against Russia as another opportunity for our businessmen.

“This opens new perspectives, because the Russian market provides good opportunities for the export of our products. There are reports about the rise of prices of the goods imported to Russia, and this is another incentive for us to enjoy favorable conditions for the export of goods to the Russian Federation by adopting a correct pricing policy.”

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