YEREVAN, October 18. /ARKA/. Armenia, taking into account its interests, should put forward its demands for joining the Customs Union and should seek compliance with them, Vladimir Lepekhin, the director of the Eurasian Economic Community Institute and a member of the Eurasian Economic Integration Bureau of the Scientific Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said Friday in Novosti International Press Center in Yerevan.
“The thing is not that there is a work regime in the Customs Union, some agreements among its member countries and tough regulations, which Armenia ought to comply with,” he said. “The matter should be considered in a different way – Armenia, understanding own interests, before joining some unions, in this particular case the Customs Union, should describe the conditions, under which it is ready to join the union and should seek compliance with them.”
“The ball is on the Armenian side of the field, and nobody says that Armenia must become a member of the Customs Union tomorrow or in one month – we say that it would be reasonable to launch the joining procedure now,” Lepekhin added.
Commenting on west-leaning political and public activists’ statements that the Customs Union will restrict Armenia’s sovereignty, the expert said that unlike the European Union, the Eurasian Union and the Customs Union make all their decisions by consensus – any country, even small, has equal vote with Russia.
In early September, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, made a joint statement, according to which Armenia has decided to join the Customs Union and to take part in formation of the Eurasian Union in the future.
The announcement came as Armenia was poised to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union aimed at making European Union’s ties with Ukraine, Armenia, Moldova and Georgia closer. -0-