Russian Duma Ratifies Armenian Entry to EEU

The Russian State Duma in session

MOSCOW (TASS)—The lower house of Russia’s parliament, the State Duma, has ratified the treaty on Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union.

Armenia will become a member of the Union after all the ratification procedures in member countries (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) are completed, but no earlier than January 1, 2015.

“Armenia has shown the maximum will to go the Eurasian way of development. It is a historic decision for the formation of the EEU,” the head of the Russian Duma committee for CIS affairs, Leonid Slutsky, told TASS earlier Wednesday.

The heads of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia signed the agreement on the EEU in October this year. Armenia in September 2013 declared plans to join the Customs Union and participate in the formation of the EEU.

Armenia’s Parliament ratified the accession treaty last week with an overwhelming majority of votes in favor.


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  1. boghos jermag said:

    A certain man who is a locksmith, Burbank community activist, Glendale activist getting rid of ANCA members in Glendale City Hall, hunger striker, Policy Forum Armenia member, and author of a “white paper” titled “To Donate or Not to Donate,” [Locksmith] has been campaigning against Armenia Fund.

    When someone attacks Locksmith’s argument, he introduces straw-men arguments. In this case, Locksmith argues that one should not donate to the Armenia Fund because of supposed Republic of Armenia tax leakage. Locksmith’s argument is ridiculous. First of all, every country has tax leakage. Does the B’Nai Brith stop donating to Israel because there is tax leakage in Israel? Second, tax leakage in a country should not have a basis in donating to a cause. Armenia Fund has helped Artsakh build roads, build hospitals, and helped the population to improve access to drinking water. These are tangible results. Locksmith’s argument basically advocates that progression of these tangible results should be halted because there is tax leakage in Armenia, [which, coincidentally, is a separate country than Artsakh].

    But of course, Locksmith is justified in being illogical. Locksmith’s arguments end with a discussion of who he is (or thinks he is) by his supposed ancestry or buffoonish antics. Locksmith justifies his poor arguments by first asserting (or supposing) that his maternal grandmother was a direct descendant of the Bagratuni Dynasty. Then, Locksmith tries to steal Soghomon Tehlirian’s thunder by bragging about how his grandfather, basically planned a hit on Taalat Pasha [in other words, Locksmith’s grandfather got someone else to do the dirty work, someone else to take all the risks while his grandfather sat back]. Finally, Locksmith pretends to be a human rights activist by going around like an attention whore trying to get Obama’s attention with a nonsensical hunger strike.

  2. basil said:

    Not sure how the EEU works, but why does the Duma get to ratify it rather than a joint body of current EEU members?

  3. Hratch said:

    You can have knocked me down with a feather. Who would have guessed they would do something like this, especially since it’s such a lopsided benefit to them and only them!

  4. Hratch said:

    You could have knocked me down with a feather. Who would have guessed they would do something like this, especially since it’s such a lopsided benefit to them and only them!

  5. Jove said:

    Great , great news. The future for us is the EEU. Long live Russian Armenian alliance.