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Yerevan Says Association Agreement With EU Still Possible

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Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian's administration says it still hopes to initiate a key political and free trade agreement with the European Union this year.

Sarkisian announced on September 3 that Armenia would join the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan following talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

The announcement triggered warnings by EU officials that the decision may thwart the country’s chances of signing an Association Agreement with the bloc in November.

In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL's Armenian Service on September 4, Sarkisian's chief of staff, Vigen Sarkisian, said Armenia would try to make the provisions relating to the creation of a free trade zone with the EU compatible with its membership of the Customs Union.

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With reporting by RFE/RL correspondent Rikard Jozwiak in Brussels

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Yerevan Says Association Agreement With EU Still Possible

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