Sixty-seven percent of Armenians back accession to Customs Union: Survey Fins
YEREVAN, September 24. / ARKA /. Some 67 percent of Armenians back their country’s announced accession to the Russia-led Customs Union, according to the findings of a public opinion survey commissioned by the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB).
"Sixty-seven percent of Armenians welcomed a future membership of their country in the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus and only 5 percent spoke against it. Our study shows that the proportion of population against the membership is very small,’ Yevgeny Vinokurov, head of EDB’s Center for Integrative Studies, said today during a video news conference involving representatives of Armenia, Belarus , Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia .
Armenia’s president Serzh Sargsyan announced September 3 following his talks with Russia’s Putin that his country would join the Customs Union. A joint statement issued by them also commits Armenia to “participate in the formation of the Eurasian Economic Union” of ex-Soviet states. Earlier Armenia was supposed to sign in late November an association agreement and a free trade zone with the European Union.
The study called Integration Processes-Barometer 2013 was conducted in 11 former Soviet republics embracing more than 14,000 respondents.
Comparing the results of the Barometer 2013 with a similar survey conducted last year, the director of the Eurasian Monitor agency Igor Zadorin said the second survey has confirmed last year's trends with a few exceptions. Thus, the survey in Georgia revealed a dynamic towards the former Soviet Union space, while Moldova showed a bending towards the West," he said.
The Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) is an international financial institution established by Russia and Kazakhstan in January 2006 to promote the development of market economies, sustainable economic growth and expansion of trade and economic ties of member countries. Its authorized capital exceeds U.S. $1.5 billion. Member states are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. -0-