Stay or Go?: Draft bill says Armenia should leave EEU; Republican says ‘no’

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There is no need for Armenia to consider withdrawing from the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Gagik Melikyan, from the Republican faction, told media Friday in response to a draft law before the National Assembly.

As emotions raged over the recent hostilities in Nagorno Karabakh, MP Khachatur Kokobelyan, head of the Free Democrats party, submitted a draft saying that Armenia should withdraw its EEU membership.

Kokobelyan argues that the EEU membership in the context of the military operations launched in Karabakh did nothing in terms of security for Armenia. According to him, even the political parties and individual politicians who had voted for Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union will support his initiative after the recent developments in Karabakh.

Should the draft be adopted, the National Assembly would present it to the Government for consideration.

Melikyan, however, is sure that Armenia’s accession to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the EEU was a right decision in Armenia’s foreign policy.

“Foreign policy should not be constructed through emotions,” he said, adding that statements by politicians of certain countries should not be taken as a basis for withdrawal from international structures.

“With the same logic, should we have terminated our membership to the European Parliament, because an anti-Armenian decision concerning the Sarsang water reservoir was made in that structure? Of course, we should not,” he said.

Melikyan also did not exclude the possibility of Azerbaijan’s joining the Eurasian Economic Union, adding that such a development may also have a positive impact:

“All decisions in the Eurasian Economic Union are made after coming to a consensus, which means that no country’s interest is neglected there, and Azerbaijan’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union may have a restraining role for that country’s steps,” he concluded.