YEREVAN, June 2. / ARKA /. A deputy Armenian finance minister Armen Alaverdyan said today his personal opinion is that there will be no customs points on the border between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh after Armenia formally joins the Eurasian Economic Union.
"We do not have now customs checkpoints on the border, and will not have them in future, if you ask for my personal opinion," Alaverdyan told reporters.
Speaking May 29 at a summit in Astana after signing a treaty to found the Eurasian Economic Union with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko, Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev cited a letter from Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliyev in which he demands that the agreement on the entry of Armenia into the Eurasian Economic Union mention Armenia’s internationally recognized borders.
Addressing a gathering of young activists of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia last Saturday president Sargsyan responded to Nazarbayev’s words by saying, “Who said that we are going to join the Customs Union with Karabakh? Under our laws and from our perspective Nagorno-Karabakh is not an integral part of Armenia today.”
Speaking after the Astana summit president Putin urged the full consideration of Armenia’s bid to enter the Eurasian Economic Union (EAU), saying the deal should be signed in the near future, according to RIA-Novosti. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said earlier that day that Yerevan was likely to sign the treaty before June 15. -0-