Richard Giragosian on Armenia’s Membership to the Customs Union
On September 6, 12 pm the Media Center hosted a Press Conference on the Process of Armenia’s Membership to the Customs Union and its repercussions.

The Press Conference was held by the Founding Director of the Regional Studies Center Richard Giragosian.

Richard Giragosian noted that only Russia benefits from Serzh Sarkisian's decision. And in case Sarkisian made the decision under the Russia's pressure, there is a serious mistake in the Armenian-Russian relations and what happened is the latest and the most serious display of Russia's mistreatment of Armenia. And if, as the president says, no pressure has been exercised, the current situation shows the political weakness of Armenia.

“This is especially an embarrassment for Armenian Prime-Minister. What happened endangers the process of long-term reforms in the RA”, Richard Giragosian said.

“Why should Armenia show its reliability to Russia when the opposite needs to be applied? The Russian arms are being used to kill Armenian and Karabakh service men. If these are the actions of Armenian strategic partner, we don’t need enemies”, the speaker stressed.

However, Giragosian thinks there is still time to reverse the mistaken policy decision which is a benefit only for Moscow. One of the major problems, in his opinion, is Armenia's tendency to lose the confidence and trust from the EU and it's a loss that Armenia has to correct.

“Clearly the Customs Union offers Armenian economy little in terms of benefit. The two most obvious beneficiaries are the oligarchic system and the corruption”, the Founding Director of the Regional Studies Center is convinced. 

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