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Customs Union is a "backward periphery", and it is not hard for Ukraine to choose between it and the European Union, says Ukrainian political expert Alexander Paliy. He is sure that the Customs Union will bring no benefit to Ukraine, Gazeta.ru said.
"Customs Union is a union of degrading, feudal economies, where human rights are not protected," Paliy said. Meanwhile, he said, the EU is a platform of leading economic relations. "EU is a big center where nearly 23% of the global GDP is concentrated, while the share of the Customs Union is just 3%," he said. According to him, the EU and the Customs Union are absolutely incomparable.
On September 3, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan confirmed Armenia's intention to join the Customs Union and contribute to the process of formation of the Eurasian Union. Vladimir Putin supported Sargsyan's decision and promised to contribute to Yerevan's accession to the Customs Union in every possible way. Since 2010 Yerevan has been negotiating on Association Agreement (AA) and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with the EU. Armenia was expected to initial the AA/DCFTA during the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius.
The Customs Union has been created within the Eurasian economic space for trade and economic integration of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia on the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin.