Armenia to sign customs union membership agreement on April 29 – minister says

Armenia to sign customs union membership agreement on April 29 – minister says

YEREVAN, April 17. / ARKA /. On April 29 Armenia will sign the agreement to formally join the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, the acting economy minister Vahram Avanesyan said today, adding that negotiations with the Russia-led trade bloc on the number of goods which Armenia wants to continue to levy its current, lower customs duties go on. He said the agreement will be signed at the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council at the level of heads of states. He also said it is not clear now whether the negotiations would be accomplished by that time. Asked how the agreement could be signed without completion of the talks he said it was a usual practice "Any negotiation has the date of signing and the last day of negotiations,” he said. Avanesyan stopped short of disclosing the details of the talks on customs duties for Armenia, saying only there remained only a few unresolved issues. Armenia’s president Serzh Sargsyan announced the decision to make the country a member of the Customs Union on September 3 following the talks with Putin in Moscow. Armenia’s Customs Union accession roadmap was unveiled in December last year. The document lays out 262 steps that must be taken for accession. The government in Yerevan wants to continue levying the current import duties on around 900 types of goods, which are significantly lower than the duties applied by the Customs Union. -0-

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