ArmInfo. The EU does not see any signals from the Armenian side, indicating a possible abandonment of the commitments undertaken earlier by Yerevan to sign the new framework agreement Armenia-EU. Commenting on the possibility of Yerevan's refusal to sign the agreement under Moscow's pressure, the head of the EU delegation in Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Switalski, told journalists in Yerevan on September 11.
According to the Ambassador, Armenia and the EU are steadily advancing towards signing a new agreement on an expanded and comprehensive partnership. As the diplomat noted, the statements of the Armenian Foreign Minister, recently made at the summit of the foreign ministers of the EU countries and the Eastern Partnership, also testify to this. "Armenia and the EU are clearly and steadily moving toward a common goal - the signing of a new agreement." At the current stage, the EU does not see any signals indicating the opposite, "Piotr Switalski said, adding that the document will open a new page in Armenia- EU relations.
Recall that in October 2015, the European Union granted a mandate to its executive body, the European Commission, to start negotiations with Armenia on a new legal basis for relations. This framework document is intended to replace the Association Agreement, which Yerevan and Brussels agreed, but were not initialed two years ago. In September 2013, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan unexpectedly announced to many the decision of Armenia to participate in Eurasian integration, which, in fact, meant the failure to sign the Association Agreement. Many analysts then suggested that the reason for the sharp change was the strong pressure from Moscow. However, official Yerevan did not recognize this. Yerevan and Brussels later began to consider the possibility of negotiating a less ambitious agreement, which would not contradict Armenia's obligations in the framework of its membership in the Eurasian Economic Union. The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, after meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian on December 7, 2015 in Brussels, said that the start of a new negotiating stage would close the page of uncertainty that arose after 2013. On February 27, 2017, the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, after talks with the chairman of the European Council Donald Tusk in Brussels, said: "Today I can say with satisfaction that the parties have concluded the negotiations." The new legal instrument - the Agreement on Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership - reflects the real scope and depth Armenia-EU relations. " On March 21, 2017, Armenia and the EU initialed the Agreement on Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership.
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