Cooperation with Russia basis of Armenia’s security system: Premier
YEREVAN, October 25. /ARKA/. Strategic allied relations with the Russian Federation is the basis of Armenia’s national security system, Armenia’s prime-minister Tigran Sargsyan said at the summit of the European People’s Party (EPP) in Brussels.
Being under blockade and having a hostilely disposed neighbor Armenia cannot endanger its security through a compromise and question the vital allied relations with Russia, the prime-minister said.
Sargsyan said Armenia is considering further strengthening of its relations with the EU on the one hand and accession to the Customs Union on the other hand as complementary, but not conflicting factors.
After their negotiations on September 3, Armenian and Russian presidents made a statement about Armenia’s intention to join the Russia-led Customs Union and then to participate in the Eurasian Economic Union. According to earlier plans, Yerevan was expected to sign an association agreement with the EU at Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius. European officials say these two formats are incompatible.
The government press office reports the prime-minister confirmed Armenia’s intention to continue close cooperation with Europe, without setting it against membership in the Customs Union.
Yerevan aims at a comprehensive agenda of cooperation with the EU in fields like state-funded construction, efficient management and democracy, judicial reforms and anti-corruption measures, economic and trade activities, security, culture and education, Sargsyan said.
“The European partners helped us record progress in these fields, and we would like to continue cooperation with the EU in the same format”, he said.
The head of the government stressed membership in the European People’s Party is the cornerstone of for further development of cooperation with Europe.
“Despite the distance Armenia has always been loyal to its heritage and Christian values”, he said.
Three Armenian parties, Republican Party of Armenia, Orinats Yerkir and Heritage, have the observer’s status in the EPP as from February 10, 2012. –0--