WASHINGTON (Sputnik)—Washington’s collaboration with Yerevan will continue after Armenia officially becomes a member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), the US State Department’s Spokeswoman Jen Psaki has said.
“The United Sates will continue to work with Armenia to support democratic and economic reforms and preserve the progress made through the US-Armenia relationship,” Psaki said at a press briefing Thursday.
The spokesperson emphasized that all countries have the right to choose their own path of economic integration and development in accordance with their national interests.
“No country has the right to determine the political and economic orientation of another country, nor decide which alliances and trade agreements it can join,” Psaki stressed.
The Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) ratified the treaty on Armenia’s joining the EEU on Dec. 10. Yerevan is expected to officially join the union in January, 2015, when the ratification procedures are finished. The republics of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have also expressed interest in joining the organization.