Armenia, Eurasian Economic Commission sign memo on cooperation

Armenia, Eurasian Economic Commission sign memo on cooperation


Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission’s Board Viktor Khristenko signed a memorandum on developing cooperation in Yerevan on Wednesday.

The memorandum allows Armenia to be present at meetings of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission and Board of the Commission. Armenia has been granted the right to appoint its representative at the Commission and introduce proposals.

Sargsyan and Khristenko held a joint press conference the same day, presenting the results of the discussions and answering a number of questions. Asked about the status of Nagorno-Karabakh in the case of Armenia’s joining the Customs Union, Khristenko, in particular, said: “You know the history of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict better than I. It has broken out not now and not in connection with Armenia’s accession to the Customs Union. There are formats and specialists from most various countries that deal with the settlement of this conflict,” said the Russian head of the Eurasian Economic Commission’s Board, adding that integration processes in this case should be regarded from the economic perspective.

Khristenko emphasized that economic development has never aggravated unsettled conflict, but, as a rule, promoted their settlement.

Both Khristenko and Sargsyan found it inappropriate to comment on the statement by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko that the position of Azerbaijan should be considered in Armenia’s accession to the Customs Union.

Sargsyan announced that the Armenian government has drafted an action plan on the way of joining the Union. “This is our vision of the amount of work that we are to do to join the Customs Union. The president of Armenia has asked the presidents of the three states [Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan] so that they respond to the action plan that we have already started to implement. I think that it will promote our quick and efficient movement in this direction,” said the prime minister, according to the government’s press service.