Armenia may have refused an offer of duty-free ties with the European Union, but it still hopes for a visa-free relationship.
Yerevan’s July-23 request to move toward a visa-free ride for Armenian visitors to the European Union suggests that, despite its plans to align with Russia’s would-be-rival Eurasian Union, it still wants to keep a finger in the European pie.
Armenia’s planned participation in this second Union has experienced repeated delays; according to some observers, because of the lack of consensus among the bloc’s members (Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia) about Yerevan’s political and economic requests.
The official line is that this merger still will happen. Nonetheless, Armenia clearly doesn’t want to miss out on all the easier access to Paris, Rome and beyond that three more EU-enthusiastic members of the Eastern Partnership Program are having (Moldova) or soon could be having (Georgia, Ukraine) .
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