Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 4 /Trend E. Kosolapova/
Armenia's accession to the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia will not bring significant economic benefits as the country has no common borders with the countries of the Union, Russian expert Alexander Knyazev said.
This will not give any principal impulse at a time when the country is not situated in the common space of the Customs Union, the Regional Programme Coordinator of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Alexander Knyazev told Trend on Wednesday.
"Currently, control has been removed on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia where there is a common customs control. Goods from China pass the customs clearance and go further through the territory of the three countries as cleared goods. It is the same with exports. And when there is no border and a transit through a third country is needed, then it is difficult for me to say how it might look," the expert said.
Knyazev showed the example of Tajikistan which also plans to join the Customs Union, without a common border with its members.
"Representatives of the Customs Union's structures say that they could admit Tajikistan, but it is necessary to wait for admission of Kyrgyzstan. This is justified through the necessity of the existence of common borders," Knyazev said.
The expert believes that the only possible change after Armenia's accession to the Customs Union might be the simplification of migration processes.
According to Knyazev, at the same time Armenia's accession to the Customs Union will not affect the Union's activities.
"Compare the demographic, spatial and resource mass of economies of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus with Armenia. In case of necessity, helping Armenia will not amount to very large amounts of money, or to terrible resources for the three countries. If Armenia does something positive it will also simply dissolve in the scale of these three countries and will not be a factor for the overall development," the expert said.
In addition, Armenia is strongly dependent financially and economically on Russia, Knyazev said.
According to Knyazev, Armenia's decision to join the Customs Union is to the most extent a political step and desire to get some dividends.
At the same time the expert said it is also important for Russia in order to keep Armenia in its sphere of influence.
As for Armenia's plans to develop close cooperation with the EU, the accession into the Customs Union will not affect this, the expert said.
"Armenia's chances for any particular relationship with the EU in the economic sphere are even less than relation chances with the Customs Union," Knyazev said.
Earlier, the presidents of Russia and Armenia said in a joint statement issued after the summit talks in Moscow that Armenia intends to join the Customs Union and subsequently participate in the formation of the Eurasian Economic Community.
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