YEREVAN, September 11. /ARKA/. Negotiations over Armenian authorities’ decision to join the Customs Union to be launched in late October or early November, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan said Wednesday at a Q&A session in the National Assembly, Novosti-Armenia reports.
“The negotiations may start only after all three Customs Union member countries agree to accept Armenia,” he said adding that such a summit is scheduled for late October.
After the negotiations a package of documents will be sent to the Parliament for ratification.
The minister stressed again that Armenian authorities made no secret of the idea of joining the Customs Union – they have repeatedly expressed their stance on the matter, and a group has been set up for discussing ways of cooperation with the union.
“Taking into account future developments and opinions of experts and political analysts, we have come to conclusion that Armenia’s membership in the Customs Union is possible and that it is possible to overcome obstacles,” he said.
Armenian and Russian presidents, Serzh Sargsyan and Vladimir Putin, made a joint statement one week ago after they met in Moscow. It has become known from the statement that Armenia has decided to join the Customs Union and it intends to take part in formation of Eurasian Economic Union in the future.
The announcement came as Armenia was poised to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union. ---0---