ArmInfo. In Armenia, the situation with the spread of coronavirus is under control. On April 14, during a video conference of the leaders of the EAEU member states, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan said.
He noted that 1067 cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the country, 265 people recovered, and 16 deaths. <From March 16, a state of emergency has been operating in Armenia, which has been extended until May 14. Since March 23, the country also has a strict quarantine regime, however, starting today, some concessions will be implemented in it, expanding the list of industries in which economic activity is allowed, and severe restrictions will be introduced in the field of transport communications.
The government of Armenia also adopted a package of measures of 11 measures to mitigate the socio- economic consequences of the pandemic, both for the population and for business>, the prime minister said. Pashinyan emphasized that along with this, serious measures are being taken to stimulate the economy and overcome severe crisis phenomena, the inevitability of which is no longer called into question. <Today we are facing challenges that threaten not only our health systems and the health of citizens, but also create unprecedented in nature problems for the economies of our countries. Many experts already regard what is happening as a recession of the global economy, which in its scale can be compared with the great depression. The situation is compounded by the fact that it is not known how long the pandemic will last and what its development will be in the near future. Overcoming the problems caused by the pandemic requires the maximum exertion of the forces of our governments>, the prime minister said. The head of the Cabinet of Armenia also noted that coordination of efforts and consolidation of measures of the entire international community are required. <However, as we see a way out of the situation to curb the pandemic and overcome the crisis, many countries see measures based on the logic of protectionism and restrictive measures of international trade. According to some reports, about 70 countries have already introduced bans or restrictions on the export of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals, and it is possible that the number of these countries will increase. The list of goods may also increase, and this cannot but worry us. For countries with limited financial resources, this can have the most serious consequences. We support a strategy based on the philosophy of cooperation and partnership, and cooperation within the framework of our union is paramount for us,> Pashinyan emphasized. The Prime Minister noted with satisfaction that this strategy is supported by allies and friends in the EAEU. <I am sure that our union will not only withstand the test of the economic crisis, but will come out of it with minimal losses. Armenia is ready to make every effort for this. Preserving peace, ending armed conflicts and the unity of the international community is a prerequisite for a successful fight against the challenges of the pandemic and the economic crisis.
The backbone principle of our integration association is free trade, and our actions should be based on the preservation of this principle. Therefore, under the current conditions, we consider unacceptable the introduction of measures that impede the movement of goods in the EAEU>, he noted. Pashinyan stated that the implementation of freight traffic with the EAEU countries is also extremely important for Armenia. <The Russian-Georgian border in this regard has acquired vital strategic importance for us. Given the uncertainty of the global financial system, we consider it necessary to expedite the process of taking measures to maximize the share of payments in national currencies within the EAEU. In the context of the priority tasks facing our organization, I want to note the provision of economic stability in the context of the development of the pandemic adopted at a recent meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council. From the total number of measures I want to highlight the creation of green corridors, it is obvious that the simplification of customs procedures is of fundamental importance for maintaining the external economic ties of our country. It should also be noted the feasibility of measures by the Eurasian Development Bank to provide credit assistance to countries participating in the union>, the prime minister said. In conclusion, Pashinyan noted that the pandemic situation is a kind of test for the EAEU. "The readiness of our countries for cooperation indicates that integration has taken place and has great development potential," Pashinyan concluded.