YEREVAN, July 1. / ARKA /. Armenia will become a full-fledged member of the Eurasian Economic Union very soon, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday at Russian diplomats’ assembly.
He said that progress is already reached also in negotiations with Kyrgyzstan. “We are open also for other CIS countries,” Novosti-Armenia quoted him referring to RIA Novosti.
“Propelling the Eurasian integration project, we absolutely don’t distance ourselves from the rest of the world. We are willing to discuss prospects for creation of free trade zones either with separate countries or with regional alliances, first of all with European Union.”
Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan told journalists today that the Eurasian Economic Commission, the executive body of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), has submitted the treaty on Armenia’s accession to the trade bloc for interstate approval.
He has not shed light on possible dates for the signing of the treaty on Armenia’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union, but said this is not a time consuming procedure.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, speaking at the Russian-led union’s most recent summit held in Astana on May 29, asked the three member states to ensure that the treaty is signed by June 15. They promised only that the text will be drafted by July 1.
The Eurasian Economic Union treaty signed by Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan will enter into force on 1 January 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed at the May 29 summit that the treaty on Armenia’s accession to the union should be signed in the near future. --0-----