Armenia hopes its EEU membership will be mutually advantageous for all member-states – speaker

Armenia hopes its EEU membership will be mutually advantageous for all member-states – speaker

YEREVAN, July 8. /ARKA/. Armenia hopes its accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) will create new mutually advantageous prospects for all member-states, Armenian speaker Galust Sahakyan said.

Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan signed the EEU agreement in Astana on May 29. The agreement will come into force on January 1, 2015. Armenia is expected to become a full-fledged member of the union soon.

Armenia fulfilled all the requirements set in the roadmap for its accession to the EEU and is now expecting support from the Russian side in signing and ratifying the agreement with Armenia, the speaker said at his meeting with the Russian counterpart Sergey Narishkin, Novosti-Armenia reported referring to RIA Novosti.

According to Sahakyan, an upheaval is recorded in Armenia-Russia relations and favorable conditions are available for Russian investments in Armenia. The level of parliamentary interaction has enhanced over the last y ears and contacts between lawmakers become regular, he said. The speaker also pointed out the good level of humanitarian cooperation and student exchange programs.

Allied partnership is also reflected in the two countries’ cooperation on the international stage, Sahakyan said. The speaker said he felt bitter about the view of a number of the Collective Security Treaty Organization member states on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, being not in line with the peace process spirit and conflicting with the statements by OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and CSTO-approved documents.

The speaker of the Russian State Duma Sergey Narishkin, in his turn, said the relationship between Russia and Armenia is truly strategic, which is confirmed by intense high-level political contacts and the recent visit of Russian president Putin.

Narishkin also pointed to the last meeting of the two countries’ lawmakers in Nizhniy Novgorod. He said agreements with Armenia about military- defense technology cooperation and oil supplies have been ratified.

Sahakyan invited his Russian counterpart to visit Armenia in 2015 to participate in the events on the centenary of the Armenian genocide. –0--

14:34 08.07.2014

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