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MINSK, September 13 (Itar-Tass) - Armenia may become a full-fledged member of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan by 2015, joining these countries in efforts to form the Eurasian Economic Union, Minister of Trade of the Eurasian Economic Commission Andrei Slepnev said on Friday.
He said the Armenian president’s statement about his country’s joining the customs union was a “very serious political step” and Armenia’s “strategic choice.” “Armenia’s participation in the customs union will help that country revive its economy, which is not in a very good state now,” Slepnev told journalists.
As for the timeframe of joining, the minister said it would be desirable to have Armenia “become a co-founder of the Eurasian Economic Union.” However, he admitted that Armenia would inevitably have “a number of questions, maybe uneasy ones, linked with the harmonisation of laws and international commitments.”
Slepnev also noted that more than 30 world nations had said they were interested in a free trade regime with the customs union. Vietnam was among the first partners with which “we are building free trade relations,” he added.