ArmInfo. Armenia cannot be in the same economic union with Azerbaijan, said Arman Babajanyan, an independent lawmaker of the RA National Assembly on April 16 from the rostrum of the parliament, referring to the possible membership of Baku in the integration union.
"The Russian authorities, at the moment think that they will be able to convince Armenia give consent to Azerbaijan's membership in the Union in exchange for returning prisoners, "he said. According to the independent MP, Armenia does not have the right to link the issue of EAEU expansion with the return of prisoners.
"Armenia cannot be in the same economic union with Azerbaijan until we have formed a final position on the conflict and there is no peace treaty with this country. This should become our foreign policy relationship," Babajanyan said.
According to him, "if today Russia is not able to ensure the full implementation of the agreement initiated by it and force Baku to fulfill its obligations under the document," then "this speaks of the influence of this state on Baku" and the "new agenda" is not able to change the course of things. "This cannot be acceptable for official Yerevan," Babajanyan stressed.
Meanwhile, a little earlier, Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia Mher Grigoryan said at a briefing in parliament that in the near future Armenia will present its position on Azerbaijan's participation in the upcoming meeting of the EAEU. Answering the question, whether Armenia made the question of returning prisoners a precondition for consent to Azerbaijan's participation, and whether this opportunity will be used, Grigoryan answered with the question: "To whom?" As the Deputy Prime Minister pointed out, the issue of prisoners of war with Moscow is being discussed in a constructive format and he hopes that solutions will be found. "If you consider this to be another opportunity, then this opportunity will be used," Grigoryan said.
Earlier it was reported that Azerbaijan could begin the process of integration with the EAEU countries already at the upcoming meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union at the level of heads of government which is scheduled for 29- April 30 in Kazan.