YEREVAN, August 2. / ARKA /. Asked whether the statement of the US Embassy about the possible impacts on Armenia of the sanctions imposed by the EU and the USA against the Russian companies, as well as the delays of the membership of the Republic of Armenia to the Eurasian Economic Union, could lead to a revision of the policy of Armenia’s membership to that structure Armenian foreign minister Edward Nalbandyan said:
“The membership of the Republic of Armenia to the Eurasian Union is deriving from the interests of economic development and strategic interests of our country. Our membership to that structure can not be put under doubt. Armenia will surely strive to lead the membership process to the Eurasian Economic Union to its conclusion, undertaking its full share of responsibility in the decision making mechanisms in that structure. That will grant new opportunities to Armenia in terms of raising competitiveness in its main export markets and increasing the export volume, further enhancing and deepening of economic relations with the member states of the Union, as well as encouraging direct investments from those states into Armenia.”
At the May 29 summit of the Customs Union in Astana, Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev publicly demanded that the treaty on Armenia’s accession make clear that Armenia is joining the EEU with its internationally recognized borders that do not include Nagorno-Karabakh.
He said this demand was conveyed by Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev in a letter sent to him and presidents of Russia and Belarus. The demand presumably means that the Armenian government will have to start taxing goods imported from Karabakh. Armenian authorities have ruled out such a possibility.
After a meeting with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Russian Sochi in July Armenian prime minister Hovik Abrahamyan told reporters in Yerevan that the treaty on Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan will be signed in late October. -0-