MINSK, Belarus (BelTA)—The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic will not become part of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) after Armenia’s accession, Belarusian First Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Mikhnevich said while speaking before a vote on the ratification of the treaty on Armenia’s accession to the EEU.
“We were concerned about the fact that the territories that do not form part of Armenia could join the Customs Union. The Armenian side appeared to be understanding of this requirement, of our request. A memorandum stating that Nagorno-Karabakh is not part of Armenia was attached to the agreement. The Armenian side made an official verbal statement,” Alexander Mikhnevich noted.
The Belarusian House of Representatives voted in favor of ratifying Armenia’s accession to the EEU. Armenia will become a full-fledged member of the Eurasian Economic Union once Kazakhstan’s lower house and Belarus’ upper house have ratified the treaty as well, but no sooner than Jan. 1, 2015.