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Armenia Again Signals No Entry Into Russian Trade Bloc

Armenia has signed an essentially non-binding memorandum of understanding with the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus that does not call for its membership of the Russian-led trade bloc which Moscow hopes to extend to other ex-Soviet states.

The memorandum signed by Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian and Viktor Khristenko, the Russian head of the union’s executive body, in Yerevan late on Wednesday comes as a further indication that the Armenian government has no plans to join the bloc.

The document publicized by the government on Thursday says only that Armenia and the Customs Union will seek to “develop interaction” in areas such as “simplification of trading procedures,” food safety, sanitary standards and product certification.

Armenian News

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