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Azerbaİjan’s EEU membershİp not on agenda – FM

 APA. Currently, Azerbaijan’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) is not on the agenda and no such proposal was received from the organization’s members, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said in an interview to local media on the outcomes of 2015.

 

“Responding to questions [about the possibility of Azerbaijan’s accession to the EEU] from Russian reporters as part of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, I used the phrase “never say never” and then explained what I meant: How Azerbaijan can join the organization that provides an economic and customs union with Armenia which occupied Azerbaijan’s territories and for obvious reasons, all relations with this country were broken off,” said Mammadyarov.   

 

The minister noted that currently, Armenia has no common border with any of EEU countries.

 

“Regardless of the issue of Azerbaijan’s accession to the EEU, Armenia, at least, should have effective transport corridors with other EEU member states,” said Mammadyarov.

 

According to the minister, major and optimal transportation artery connecting Armenia with other EEU member states, including railway were historically passing through Azerbaijan.

 

“Therefore, first of all, there is a need to resolve the issue of the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia which is a threat to the whole region and an obstacle to regional development,” he said.

 

Mammadyarov went on to add that the EEU countries can get affordable transit opportunities for access to Armenia as part of the relations to be established between Armenia and Azerbaijan. However, it still doesn’t mean Azerbaijan’s membership of the organization.

 

 

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