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Armenia intends, as soon as possible, to join the Customs Union

03.12.2013 09:40

Armenia intends, as soon as possible, to join the Customs Union consisting of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, as well as the Common Economic Space. It was announced after talks with Vladimir Putin, by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan. 

According to the official website of the President of Russia, during the meeting the parties also discussed directions of further development of bilateral strategic partnership, trade-economic and humanitarian cooperation. 

After the talks with the Russian leader, Sargsyan also said that Armenia and Russia have signed an intergovernmental agreement on the abolition of export duties on oil, gas and diamonds deliveries to the Caucasian country. According to Vladimir Putin, the cost of gas for Armenia will be $189 per thousand cubic meters. 

The Armenian President thanked the Russian President Vladimir Putin that in relation to Armenia the mechanisms of a number of major benefits and advantages within the framework of the Customs Union have already come into operation. 

?Even today a number of mechanisms for the utilization of important privileges and benefits, which are being used among the countries of the Customs Union, have already been agreed upon for Armenia on a bilateral basis. I would like to express special thanks for that to the President of Russia. Vladimir Vladimirovich, it?s been an act of a real partner and real friend. It?s been important for enhancing the vitality of the Armenian economy. Thank you very much,? said the president of Armenia, speaking at the Third Russian-Armenian interregional forum. 

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin within the framework of his official visit to Armenia, visited the 102nd Russian military base in Gyumri, which is on combat duty within the CIS Joint Air Defense force. The President heard the report of the commander of the military base Andrei Ruzinsky, examined samples of weapons and military equipment.