Parliament Discusses Armenia’s Entrance into Customs Union

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YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — Armenia’s parliament is currently discussing President Serge Sargisian’s announcement last week that Armenia intends to join the Russia-led Customs Union.

Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian has been invited to explain why the decision to join the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan was made without any consultation with parliament.

The session on September 10, which will be held behind closed doors, was initiated by opposition lawmakers.

On September 6, the European Union’s (EU) commissioner for enlargement and neighborhood policy, Stefan Fuele, said Armenia’s obligations to the Customs Union would not be compatible with an EU Association Agreement that is scheduled to be discussed and initiated in November at a summit in Vilnius.

Opposition activists are planning a march in the capital to protest Sargisian’s decision.

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