Armenia’s EEU membership to leave relations with US unchanged: State Dep’t

Washington’s collaboration with Yerevan will continue afterArmenia officially becomes a member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Jen Psaki, spokesperson for the US State Department, has announced.

“The United Sates will continue to work with Armenia to support democratic and economic reforms and preserve the progress made through the US-Armenia relationship,” Psaki said at a press briefing Thursday.

The spokesperson emphasized that all countries have the right to choose their own path of economic integration and development in accordance with their national interests.

“No country has the right to determine the political and economic orientation of another country, nor decide which alliances and trade agreements it can join,” Psaki stressed.

The Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) ratified the treaty on Armenia’s joining the EEU on December 10. Yerevan is expected to officially join the union in January, 2015 when the ratification procedures are finished. The republics of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have also expressed interest in joining the organization.

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