Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   21 November

Turkey’s membership in CU is a game to “suppress” EU: orientalist


YEREVAN, OCTOBER 31, ARMENPRESS: The suggestion of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev about Turkey’s entrance to the Customs Union is a game to “suppress” the European Union. The Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies under the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia Ruben Safrastyan stated about it at the press conference on October 31.
“There is a comment that it was Nazarbayev’s “game” as well. We cannot consider this step realistic at this stage as there are no real prerequisites for that. The Turkey’s “game” is connected with the suspension of the negotiations process with the European Union”, - said Safrastyan, Armenpress reports.
According to the orientalist, the EU’s discontent and the suspension of the negotiations process due to the antidemocratic policy led by the Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the connection with the Gezi Park issue became the reason for Turkey to “suppress” EU via the “blackmail” to join the Customs Union.
“The process of Turkey’s entrance to the CU will not deepen that much to become a real process”, - said the Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies under the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia Ruben Safrastyan.
On October 25 the Customs Union countries supported Armenia’s and Kyrgyzstan’s decision to join the organization. The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin stated this at the course of the press conference dedicated to the results of the session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. Among other things the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin underscored: “We support the intention of Armenia and Kyrgyzstan to join our integration project. We have also come to a conclusion to establish a working group, which must prepare the relevant “road map” within the shortest period of time.” At the same meeting the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev announced about Turkey’s entrance to the Union.
In the result of the negotiations on September 3, 2013 in Moscow the Presidents Serzh Sargsyan and Vladimir Putin confirmed the aim of the Republic of Armenia and the Russian Federation in the direction of further development of economic integration processes in the Eurasian territory. In that context the President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan announced about the Armenia’s decision to join the Customs Union and the necessity of implementation corresponding steps for that aim and in future about participating in formation of the Eurasian economic union. The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin expressed his support to the abovementioned decision of Armenia and informed about the readiness of the Russian side to support the process. Serzh Sargsyan noted that this decision is not refusal from dialogue with European organizations.
Earlier it was intended that Yerevan will sign the Association and Free Trade Zone Agreement with the European Union in Vilnius. The Eastern Partnership summit will be held on November 28-29 in Vilnius, during which the signing (or pre-signing) of the Association Agreement with some Eastern Partnership countries is expected.




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