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by David Stepanyan
82% of Armenia's population consider Russia the key ally and friend of Armenia, chairman of "Integration and Development" NGO, Aram Safaryan, said at the
international conference "CSTO and Security of EurAsia" held in Yerevan today, at Noravanq Foundation.
"The results of public opinion poll held by our organization among 1000 respondents above 18, on 5-11 October are evidence of it. We held the survey to clarify what our population prefer - Russia or the European Union. So, 67% Armenians prefer Russia. These are the true results but not the ones published by certain forces in mass media", - Safaryan said.
He also added that the population of Armenia see benefits in case of integration with Russia in the following system making sectors: energy, transport, direct investments in industry and migration. First of all, opening of the Abkhazian railway will push the talks about the Customs Union to the new level. Safaryan thinks that this will allow Armenia to successfully integrate in the Customs Union. "Slow development of Armenia's economy is one of the key reasons of possible distabilization in the region, especially against the background of neighboring Azerbaijan. For this reason, we should gain serious economic growth in the near future, and Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan - are the only market which will allow Armenia to do it", - the expert concluded.