YEREVAN, December 24. / ARKA /. It may take Armenia a full year to become a member of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, according to Russian deputy minister of economic development Alexei Likhachev.
He spoke to reporters in Moscow after the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council has approved Armenia’s “roadmap" for accession to the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space. The news was announced by Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Likhachev said that Armenia’s roadmap does not specify when it would become a full member of the trade bloc.
Likhachev said the timing will be determined by the negotiation process and the ratification of relevant documents.
In turn, first deputy prime minister of Russia Igor Shuvalov suggested that it might take Armenia only six months for going through all the procedures. -0-