Armenia may sign agreement on accession to EEU before September – president
YEREVAN, August 12. /ARKA/.The agreement about Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) may be signed as early as before September, Armenia’s president Serzh Sargsyan said.
“We have never expected membership starting from this year. What is meant is probably the signing? I don’t think we will not sign it this year. I believe we will sign it, and it is quite possible the signing will not be delayed till autumn”, Sargsyan said.
In speaking about his talks with the Russian president Putin, Sargsyan said they discussed a wide range of issues of interests to the two countries, from the loan for extension of operational life span of the Armenian nuclear power plant (a quite high 15% grant element is expected) to terms and conditions for Armenia’s accession to the EEU and military and defense technology cooperation.
Armenia’s president said he was satisfied with the content of the talks and expressed confidence the outcome of the meeting will be seen soon.
Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan signed an agreement about the Eurasian Economic Union in Astana on May 29. The agreement will come into effect on January 1, 2015. At the meeting Armenia’s president Serzh Sargsyan said Yerevan intended to join the agreement by mid June, but the respective documents have not been signed yet.
On May 30 Armenia’s premier Hovik Abrahamyan told reporters he had agreed with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev about a $300 million loan for repair of the Metsamor NPP, located some 30 kilometers west of Yerevan.
The plant was built in the 1970s but was closed following a devastating earthquake in 1988. One of its two VVER 440-V230 light-water reactors was reactivated in 1995. –0--