YEREVAN, August 2. / ARKA /. Russian ambassador to Armenia, Ivan Volynkin, has downplayed today speculation over Armenia’s delayed membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU0 of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan saying at a news conference that Armenia will become a full member of the trade bloc in due time.
In comments on a Kazakh foreign ministry statement that the treaty on Armenia’s accession will be signed in October 2014, Volynkin said it might happen even earlier.
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-