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Armenia's accession to the CIS Customs Union may cause some problems with the European integration process, Under Secretary of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Simon Fraser said at a briefing in Yerevan on Monday.
He said that Armenia and the EU are still negotiating on the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement and Associated Agreement. Great Britain encourages Armenia to develop relations with the European Union. Fraser thinks that Armenia seeks to establish closer cooperation with Europe and he respects Armenia's deep relations with Russia. He thinks that these are not mutually exclusive things but some problems with the Customs Union may arise in this context.
Earlier Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said that Armenia was not going to join the CIS Customs Union for a number of impartial reasons. One of the reasons is that Armenia lacks common borders with the Customs Union member countries.
The decision on creation of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan was made in August 2006 during the informal summit of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC).