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 Monday, November 13 2017 16:07
Naira Badalyan

Atom Margaryan: Russia is interested in concluding new framework  agreement Armenia-EU

Atom Margaryan: Russia is interested in concluding new framework  agreement Armenia-EU

ArmInfo. Russia is interested in concluding a new Armenia-EU framework agreement. The head of the Center for Innovative and Institutional Research at the YSU, Atom  Margaryan, stated at a meeting with journalists on November 13.

According to the expert, Armenia is a sovereign state and does not  have the task to receive Russia's "welcome" in the issue of signing a  new framework agreement with the EU, especially since initiating the  process, Europe is going to mitigate the early - strict position  against the RA. Nevertheless, as the head of the Center stated  confidently, Armenia, of course, consulted with all the partner  countries of the EAEU on this issue, having agreed all the points of  the Agreement on a comprehensive and expanded partnership with the  EU.

Sharing the concern that the signing of the Agreement with the EU can  create serious risks for Armenia's political agenda in the context of  the Karabakh conflict, the expert is still committed to the idea that  Russia itself is interested in concluding the Agreement. According to  him, for today it is obvious the mutual desire of the Russian and  European sides to meet each other, as a result of sanctions against  the Russian Federation, they suffer multi-billion losses there and  there. According to Margaryan, allowing Armenia, a strategic partner  in the Collective Security Treaty Organization, to sign an agreement,  the Russian side wants to show that it is prepared for dialogue and  is ready to lower the degree in its relations with Europe.   Nevertheless, the expert calls for a more balanced policy, if  necessary - negotiate the incognito format, which in the future will  avoid all possible risks.

Speaking about dividends for Armenia following the conclusion of the  agreement with the EU, the expert stressed that he believes in  creating additional investment opportunities for a number of areas of  the Armenian economy. In particular, in the spheres of high  technology, energy and science. The agreement will also allow Armenia  to pursue a more flexible foreign policy, as the RA can become a kind  of bridge between the EU and the EAEU in this regard, the expert  said.  

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