Armenia’s accession to Eurasian economic union may force changes in its ties with Iran

Armenia’s accession to Eurasian economic union may force changes in its ties with Iran

YEREVAN, July 18. / ARKA /. Iranian ambassador to Armenia, Mohammed Reisi, said today that Tehran’s relations with its northern neighbor are likely to see some changes after Armenia’s formal accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.

Speaking to Armenian reporters in Yerevan, the ambassador, however declined to elaborate on anticipated changes.

He said Armenia's membership in EEU is conditioned in the first place by Yerevan’s own interests. 

“I am confident that Armenian authorities always take into account the interests of the country and will not take steps that might contradict them. As for the possible impact of Armenia’s accession to the trade bloc on the Armenian-Iranian economic relations, we do not yet know what the Russia-led bloc is and therefore we can not make relating judgments," he said.

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. 

The Eurasian Economic Union treaty signed by Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan will enter into force on January 1, 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.

In resent days, media outlets quoted Kazakh foreign minister Yerlan Idrisov as saying that the agreement between Armenia and Eurasian Economic Union is likely to be signed in October 2014 at a regular meeting of Eurasian Economic Union countries’ presidents in Minsk. 

Armenian prime minister Hovik Abrahamyan said July 17 that the treaty on Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union  will be signed in late October. His remarks came following his meeting with Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Russian Sochi on July 11. -0-

17:10 18.07.2014

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