"We are ready… to start negotiations with the union," Aranda said.
The EAEU, comprising Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, is an international organization that encourages regional economic integration through the free movement of goods, services, and people within the union.
In late June, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists that almost 50 countries expressed their interest in cooperation with the EAEU.
Vietnam is the first country that signed a free trade agreement with the union in May 2015, while several other countries, including Iran, Singapore, Egypt and India, are currently negotiating on the agreements. The South American trade bloc Mercosur and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have also expressed their interest in discussing possible economic and trade cooperation with the union.