by Ashot Safaryan
Armenia will complete fulfillment of the road map on accession to the Customs Union (CU) by mid-April, Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Shavarsh Kocharyan told journalists on Saturday. He added that the agreement on Armenia's accession to the Customs Union is currently being elaborated.
Kocharyan said that Armenia and the 3 CU member states are to agree on a common stance. Afterwards the document will be submitted for ratification of the National Assembly. It is hard to say when it will happen, Kocharyan said.
Armenian Deputy Minister of Economy Karine Minasyan, in turn, said that on March 4 Astana will host a meeting of deputy prime ministers to discuss the issue of Armenia's accession to the CU. On March 11 the Presidents of Armenia, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan will meet in Moscow to start working at the agreement.
Minasyan said that Armenia will shortly launch negotiations with the CU to retain the current customs duties for essential goods imported to Armenia from non-CU countries. She assured the journalists that all the problems related to the lack of common borders between Armenia and the CU states will be settled.