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by Nana Martirosyan
Decision of the Armenian authorities to join the Customs Union will not close the European market for local products, Republican MP, Head of the Parliament Committee for Economic Affairs Vardan Ayvazyan told media, Tuesday.
He said that Armenia exports to Europe mainly raw materials, copper and molybdenum and gold-bearing ore, that is highly in demand.
"I don't think that European market will be closed for these raw materials with our accession to the Customs Union. In addition, I am sure that the Customs Union member-countries will try to gain the European market by combined efforts in the nearest future," Ayvazyan said.
He is sure that the Customs Union is favorable for Armenia from all aspects. It is a good option of economic cooperation.
"I cannot understand the mess around the decision to access the Customs Union. Why aren't Kazakhstan and Belarus afraid of losing their statehoods?" he asked. He thinks that Armenia will finally access the Union in 2015, as it will require the country to pass some legislative initiatives. "The Justice Ministry and other governmental structures have already received documents to study and discuss," he said. Ayvazyan reiterated that the Customs Union membership and the Association Agreement with Europe will not contradict each other in case of the right format of cooperation with both structures.
To remind, on Sept 3 in Moscow, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan confirmed Armenia's intention to join the Customs Union and the process of the 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. Meanwhile, Armenia was expected to initial an Association Agreement with EU, including DCFTA, at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November along with some other countries.