Armenia refuses to sign association agreement with the EU - because there is an alternative

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Just over a year ago, Armenia started negotiating an association agreement with the European Union. Within the framework of the Eastern Partnership, Armenia would have been one of Washington's outpost in the region, an excellent position for the U.S. to keep an eye on the Middle - East and keep Russia at bay.

A shift in Armenian policy took place in September last year when the Armenian head of state announced that he did not sign the proposed association agreement with the European Union, instead Armenia would join the Eurasian Economic Union founded by Moscow.

Yanukovych announced the same thing, but soon after, he was overtaken by the west. The Atlanticists so far have failed to achieve similar result in Armenia. But something worrisome has been going on in Armenia too as Russian president Vladimir Putin urged the Armenian leadership to formalize the accession agreement as quickly as possible (Probably, the Russian secret service obtained advanced information about ongoing western plans to destabilize Armenia as well). By all means, the EU wants to prevent a viable economic organization to be established along its borders.

In addition, Putin has offered Armenia full member in the Eurasian Economic Union, and the customs union as well.

Armenian president will sign the accession treaty on June 15. Rushing to sign the agreement is understandable because the Armenian head of state can be targeted by the same Atlanticists forces that removed Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych from office by a coup soon after he refused to sign the association agreement with the EU.

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