Prosperous Armenia to specify its position on Armenia’s accession to customs union only after its economic benefits become clarified

Prosperous Armenia to specify its position on Armenia’s accession to customs union only after its economic benefits become clarified

YEREVAN, February 17. / ARKA /. A senior member of the Prosperous Armenia Party said Saturday the party would specify its position on Armenia’s upcoming accession to the Russia-led Customs Union only after its economic benefits for Armenia would become clear. 

Speaking to reporters after the party’s congress  Naira Zohrabyan, the party’s parliamentary secretary, said there is only the ‘roadmap’ of Armenia’s membership process which has caused more questions than answers.

Vartan Oskanian, another party member, who served ten years as Armenia’s foreign minister, said the ‘roadmap’ is bewildering.

He said in order to join the Russia-led trade bloc Armenia will have to revise all its agreement with all countries outside the Customs Union. 

“This means that for the sake of relations with 2- 3 countries, we need to rethink everything that has been achieved over the last 23 years,” said Oskanian, adding that the country must never be put before such a choice.

"Now we are in a completely different situation, not stemming from the interests of our people. This is not linked to either being pro-Russian or not. We can have high level relations with Russia, but our  relationship with Russia and the Customs Union should be considered on different planes ," he said.

The Prosperous Armenia, a moderate centrist political force with a liberal bias, was established in 2004. In the latest parliamentary elections on May 6, 2012 it came second winning 36 seats out of total 131. The party’s chairman is a wealthy businessman Gagik Tsarukyan. -0-
 

15:10 17.02.2014

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