YEREVAN, July 22. /ARKA/. Gagik Harutyunyan, head of Noravank Science and Education Foundation, is convinced that Kazakhstan has raised the issue of Armenia’s customs borders because of its partnership with Turkey and Azerbaijan.
“This is a geopolitical problem, and Kazakhstan has to defend Turkey and Azerbaijan’s interests, since they are its close partners,” he said on Tuesday answering ARKA News Agency’s question.
It seems the matter is already settled, he said, and Kazakhstan, taking into account its own interests is no longer objects to accession of Armenia to the Eurasian Economic Union.
The expert also stressed that Armenia’s authorities has obstacles in its way to the Eurasian Economic Union membership – their reluctance to set up checkpoints between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s territory and the Karabakh problem.
On May 29, at a session of Eurasian Economic Council in Astana, Kazakhstan, the Armenian president expressed Yerevan’s intention to join the Eurasian Economic Union agreement until June 15. However, appropriate papers have not been signed so far. At the same session, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev 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.
On July 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at a meeting of Russian diplomats, said Armenian will become a full member of the union very soon.
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. --0----