Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
by David Stepanyan
The Customs Union countries have supported the intention of Armenia and Kyrghyzstan to join the Eurasian integration project. A working group will be set up shortly to this end. The working group will prepare a relevant 'road map' for Armenia and Kyrghyzstan, President of Russia Vladimir Putin said in a press conference after the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, ArmInfo's correspondent reported.
After the meeting in Minsk, the presidents of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan signed a package of documents on the areas of integration, on Armenia's accession to the Customs Union and the United Trade Area (UTA), and the annual report on fulfillment of the UTA's budget for 2012.
Commenting on Ukraine's refusal to access the Customs Union, Putin told reporters that Ukraine was free to chose whether to sign the Association Agreement with the EU or not, but if Kyev signs the Association Agreement, the Customs Union will become impossible for Ukraine.
"It is impossible, first of all, because the association with Europe implies creation of a free trade area between the EU and Ukraine, which does not meet Russia's interests," Putin said.