YEREVAN, July 8. / ARKA /. Russia is trying to do whatever necessary to provide Armenia with comfortable conditions for joining the Eurasian Economic Union, EurAsEC Institute CEO Vladimir Lepyokhin said Tuesday in Novosti International Press Center.
In his words, nobody can say now precisely when Armenia will join the union, since Russia alone can’t influence the decision-making process in the union.
Lepyokhin was quoted by Novosti-Armenia as saying that Russia’s goal is not to have Armenia in the Eurasian Economic Union as soon as possible, Russia wants to make this process comfortable to Armenia.
The expert rated highly Armenian authorities’ steps on the way to EEU membership, particularly in cooperating with Nagorno Karabakh and keeping customs duties on particular goods at a low level.
“Armenia displayed its absolutely right position when it remained adamant in some issues during the agreement signing procedure,” he said.
Lepyokhin paid special attention to the stance taken by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Armenia’s customs borders, which has impacted the terms of Armenia’s accession to the union.
“I think this is not a tragedy, this is a normal negotiation process and defense of Armenia’s national interests,” he said. “It would be worse if Armenia agreed and was not so firm on Nagorno Karabakh and not so steadfast in defending own national interests and did sign the agreement.”
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.
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----