EEU Conference: Officials debate whether to boycott

Last week, it became known that a summit of the prime ministers of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) was being moved from Yerevan to Moscow, because of fighting in Nagorno Karabakh. The head of the Government of Kazakhstan proposed moving the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, eliciting a mixed reaction in Armenia and causing some officials to say Armenia should boycott.

President Sargsyan received (former Prime Minister) Tigran Sargsyan, the Board Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), and expressed concern over the non-constructive approach shown by some of the partners.

“The EEC is a structure that operates on the principle of consensus. This means that decisions are made with the consent of all members. If Armenia is not a party to any decision, that decision cannot be accepted. And then, if the EEU sabotages us, we can sabotage it as well,” wrote MP Nikol Pashinyan on his Facebook account.

Republican Party of Armenia deputy Vardan Ayvazyan opposes a boycott.

“We are making another mistake (by not going). The EEU is just an economic union,”  Ayvazyan told media on Monday. “In general, offence taking is not a political category. Why not go and voice issues? We need Russia as much as Russia needs us.”