Armenia Moves Forward with Customs Union

Armenian and Russian flags in Gyumri

YEREVAN (Arka)—The Armenian government approved on Thursday a set of priority measures that are required for the country’s accession to the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus.

Speaking at a cabinet session, deputy economy minister Karine Minasyan said a negotiating team was set up at the order of the Armenian and Russian presidents to handle the preparatory work as part of Armenia’s process to join the union.

Among other things, the program calls for a comparison of the Customs Union’s documents with Armenia’s legal framework and its international agreements.

Armenian president Serzh Sarkisian announced on September 3, after talks with Putin in Moscow, that his country would join the Customs Union. Before that, Armenia was expected to initial an Association Agreement with the European Union in late November.

Following this, the Armenian government offered to finalize a watered-down version of the Association Agreement, but the EU’s enlargement commissioner Stefan Fuele dismissed this idea during a visit to Armenia, saying the Association Agreement was one indivisible agreement.

“They [the Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area] are two parts of one treaty that have been negotiated with our Armenian colleagues. There are clear links between those two parts; you can’t separate just one at the expense of the other,” Fuele said at a news conference in Yerevan.

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3 Comments

  1. GT said:

    “You just can’t separate European cooperation from joining a free-trade customs area with blockading-genocide-denying Turkey”

  2. Hratch said:

    Unreal. Armenia decides just last week and now moves to forward the decision. If this ain’t a farce I don’t know what is. It took years to negotiate with the EU, but overnight to decide and implement the Customs Union.

    Does anyone still believe in any thing that goes on with power brokers????

    • Martin said:

      If anything it shows how streamlined our process with Russia already is. It took years to negotiate with the EU because of all the insane bureaucracy. They put themselves in the shoes of masters and we had to appease them to gain their favor. If that was a sign of things to come then I’m glad we told them to buzz off.

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