It may still be only on the drawing board, but Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s proposed Eurasian Union, an economic bloc of former Soviet republics, already is stirring concern in Armenia about the future of Yerevan’s independence from Moscow.
In an October 3 commentary in the daily Izvestia, Putin, who plans to run for Russia’s presidency next year, described the bloc as allowing its members “a higher degree of integration” on “a new … political and economic basis,” without a return to the Soviet past.
So far, the Armenian government has not elaborated about its plans to join the bloc, but conjecture runs strong.
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Gayane Abrahamyan is a reporter for ArmeniaNow.com in Yerevan.