ArmInfo. In the near future, Armenia will present its position on Azerbaijan's participation in the upcoming meeting of the EAEU, Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan said at a parliamentary briefing.
When asked whether it is possible that Armenia will veto Azerbaijan's participation, Grigoryan replied - of course, yes, but this is a process within which we will express our position. "This is not a veto, it is a problem of agreeing or not agreeing on the participation of another country in the meeting, which has a formal process and will be completed in the coming days, I will personally inform you about this, and the grounds for disagreement will be mentioned," he said.
Answering the question, whether Armenia had put the issue of returning prisoners as a precondition for consent to Azerbaijan's participation, and whether this opportunity would be used, Grigoryan answered with the question: "To whom?" As the Deputy Prime Minister pointed out, the issue of prisoners of war is being discussed with Moscow in a constructive format and he hopes that solutions will be found. "If you consider this to be another opportunity, then this opportunity will be used," Grigoryan said.
Earlier it was reported that Azerbaijan could begin the process of integration with the EAEU countries, including with Armenia, through the mediation of Belarus. For a start, as Gazeta.ru wrote, official Baku could receive observer status, as, for example, Moldova, experts say. "If the process goes well, then Azerbaijan will be able to diversify its exports and even get rid of 'the oil curse'. Reputation bonuses are also possible." A meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union at the level of heads of government is scheduled for April 29-30 in Kazan. The traditional theme of such meetings - deepening cooperation and removing administrative barriers between countries - can be supplemented this time with a new agenda item.