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 Emmanuil Mkrtchyan
Armenia cannot join the Customs Union tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. To do it, Yerevan should implement all the procedures and adopt at the legislative level all those normative documents which have been already drawn out. Armenia has to pass the way of joining just the same way as countries join WTO in a certain period of time, President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the meeting with heads of the CIS mass media.
As Arminfo correspondent reported from Minsk, Lukashenko said that there are many uncertainties in the matter of Armenia's joining the Customs Union.
<It is no secret, that Ukraine, Moldova and Armenia are going to sign Association Agreement with the EU. I did not analyze draft agreements of Armenia and Moldova, but together with Russia we have well analyzed the draft documents with Ukraine. If the draft agreements of Armenia and Moldova are similar to the draft agreement of Ukraine, in that case it is clear, how deep and far our partners, Moldovians and Armenians, are ready to move in this direction.
I have already expressed by viewpoint on the matter. And I am happy that in a certain period of time, when meeting the Ukrainians Medvedev quoted me verbatim. Incidentally, certain Russian mass media slagged me off for such a position before Medvedev's statement. We see no fear that Ukraine has been negotiating with the EU", - Lukashenko said. He also added that jointly with leadership of Russia and President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan they discussed the issue of Armenia's joining the Customs Union at the meeting in Sochi. "I said that it is not even the first full step but a half step made for Armenia's joining us", - he said. He also emphasized that we have to discuss together, how Armenia sees its future = the Customs Union, Single Economic Space, or on the other hand - the European Union. All this should be revised in Minsk. "I do not rule out arising of any document on Armenia's intentions to join the Customs Union", - Lukashenko emphasized.