“The Customs Union will give the oligarchs an additional chance to go on with the same methods they are currently using. Nothing crucial will change in this sense. The culture of violence will be more developed in Armenia, which will strain the atmosphere of subjection, reduce the sense of dignity and bring our country to a place, where it will need a union, no matter – customs or economic one, it's only a political condition demanding to use the word in certain diplomatic and political arguments”, Hranush Kharatyan thinks.
Her co-speakers at the debate were Alexander Topchyan, Levon Igityan, Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan and Razmik Davoyan.
“We don’t need to sign an agreement to join the Cutoms Union. Our historic way of 200 years speaks for itself; it would be ridiculous not to sign that agreement. If European documents are useful for us, why not, we can sign them as well. If not, we will stay in the Customs Union”, writer and literary critic Alexander Topchyan commented.
“To surrender to Russia and isolate from the European Union and other Western influences will open a “spectacular” chance for Armenia to waste its natural resources and create serious preconditions for losing Nagorno Karabakh”, publicist Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan says.
“I cannot decide whether the agreement should be signed or not. I think those who agreed to sign know better. And I think they base their decisions on the interests of our country. Russia is the only country that didn't want to annihilate our nation”, poet Razmik Davoyan is convinced.
“Big games are played in the world: who plays well, wins. We have often played badly. I hope that we shall win this game. We have to play well”, architect, Yerevan City Council member Levon Igityan said.
The debate was held in the frames of the series of discussions titled “Armenia in the Crossroads of Development: Europe or Russia”, which includes events aimed at better understanding the implications of Armenia's joining the Customs Union.