A pro-Western group in Armenia's parliament has submitted a proposal for the country to leave the Eurasian Union, spurring public debate about the Union's merits even as leaving the Russia-dominated bloc remains unlikely.
The Yelk Coalition formally unveiled the proposal on September 8, just before parliament reconvened for the fall. The declaration notes that since Armenia joined the Eurasian Union about three years ago, its economy has suffered and Russia has continued to sell weapons to its foe, Azerbaijan. Membership also prevents Armenia from pursuing its own trade deals with neighbors Georgia and Iran, the declaration added.
Taking that into account, "The Republic of Armenia should begin to take a political course toward secession from the Eurasian Economic Union," Yelk declared, using the formal name for the group.
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