Nalbandyan: Armenia-EU relations should be developed as continuation of last years’ progress
YEREVAN, September 18. /ARKA/. Relations between Armenia and the European Union should be developed on the basis of the progress reached for many years, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan, said Tuesday as met his Polish counterpart, Radoslaw Sikorski in Poland.
“From the very beginning of the Eastern Partnership initiative and even earlier, Armenia has repeatedly said and now continues saying that is willing to have as close and comprehensive relations with the European Union as possible for the EU, but not to the detriments of our ally relations with Russia and not at the account of them,” he was quoted by the Armenian foreign ministry’s press office as saying at the meeting. “Armenia’s decision to join the Customs Union should be considered exactly in this context.”
Armenian and Russian presidents, Serzh Sargsyan and Vladimir Putin, made a joint statement on September 3, after they met in Moscow. It has become known from the statement that Armenia has decided to join the Customs Union and it intends to take part in formation of Eurasian Economic Union in the future.
The announcement came as Armenia was poised to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union. European official find combination of membership in both unions impossible.
Nalbandyan stressed that Armenia remains steadfast in its determination to develop its ties with Euroepan Union in many directions.
He also described the efforts being taken to settle Karabakh conflict. ---0---