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    The European Union is waiting for Armenia to provide clarification of its decision to enter the Moscow-led Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, a spokeswoman for the EU foreign policy chief said Wednesday.

    BRUSSELS, September 4 (RIA Novosti) – The European Union is waiting for Armenia to provide clarification of its decision to enter the Moscow-led Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, a spokeswoman for the EU foreign policy chief said Wednesday.

    Yerevan is currently choosing between EU and Eurasian integration. The country is to preliminarily sign an association agreement and a free-trade deal with the European Union during the November 2013 EU and Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius. The deals with Russia and Europe are mutually exclusive.

    Maja Kocijancic, a spokeswoman for EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Catherine Ashton, told journalists that Brussels needed clarification from Yerevan in order to evaluate potential consequences of Armenia joining the Customs Union.

    The presidents of Armenia and Russia, Serzh Sargsyan and Vladimir Putin, announced after bilateral talks on Tuesday that Armenia was ready to join the union, expected to be developed into a broader economic community uniting post-Soviet states.

     

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