YEREVAN, October 11. /ARKA/. Armenia cannot sign an agreement of association with the European Union with no economic component, deputy of the European parliament Yatsek Sariush-Volsky said Thursday at a conference on Eastern Partnership, ARKA reports referring to RIA Novosti.
Sariush-Volsky expressed regrets Armenia decided to join the Customs Union, but said it is the country’s choice. If Armenia wants to turn to European standards, they will have to do it independently, he said.
After negotiations of Armenian and Russian presidents Serzh Sargsyan and Vladimir Putin a joint statement was made on September 3 saying Armenia intends to join the Russia-led Customs Union and participate in establishing the Eurasian economic union. Before, Yerevan was expected to sign an association and free trade agreement with the EU at Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius. European officials say the two formats are incompatible.–0--