ArmInfo. The events dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the EU Eastern Partnership program have been quite successful. Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan said this in an interview with journalists in Brussels, referring to the veto imposed by Azerbaijan on the final declaration.
According to him, the events made it possible to sum up the ten-year activity and outline a further development vector, interesting discussions took place among all 6 member countries of the program, their approaches and positions were heard. "We have our own agenda of a bilateral dialogue with the EU, which is quite substantial and serious. The EaP was and remains an important platform where we complement what is being done at the bilateral level, and from this point of view we are very pleased with the results. And as for summing up the results, it was carried out by Ms. Mogherini (EU High Representative-Ed. note) and reflects the approaches of member countries, including Armenia," Mnatsakanyan said. When asked whether Armenia opposed any item, or it was only Azerbaijan, as initially it was supposed to sign a declaration, but ultimately only a statement from Mogherini was made, Mnatsakanyan noted that the agreement was adopted on behalf of the High Representative, and everything else is a process. When asked whether the Armenian side is familiar with the formulations on Nagorno Karabakh in the agreement, which Azerbaijan and the EU plan to sign, Mnatsakanyan reiterated that Armenia has an agreement with the EU, which is quite substantive and covers a wide range of issues including on Karabakh. "We are not a party in the negotiations between the EU and Azerbaijan, and here, it seems to me, an important question for the European Union is how principled and consistent are they in their position. From this point of view, we have our agreement, where the provision on Nagorno-Karabakh is reflected and I believe that the EU has the principle of maintaining consistency, " the chief diplomat of Armenia said. When asked why the Prime Minister did not take part in the high-level conference, what caused various interpretations in public circles, Mnatsakanyan stated that the head of the government had his own program and different countries at different levels took part in this event. "The Armenian Prime Minister conducted a business and successful visit, both bilateral and multilateral contacts took place," he said adding that the Prime Minister had an important visit, and it takes a long time to get from Brussels to Beijing, and this is a normal process whcih should not become subject of various assumptions. Clarifying whether Armenia is considering the possibility of returning to the Association Agreement, which was annulled in 2013 by Yerevan, Mnatsakanyan stated that the republic pursues a policy proceeding from national interests, using a model of diversified cooperation. "We now have the opportunity to have a document with the European Union, where there is a serious potential for expanding our cooperation. The agreement is particularly important in sector interaction, which is built through the development of a roadmap, and in which the entire state apparatus, business circles and civil society are involved. On the other hand, today we have access to 200 million market of the Eurasian Economic Union. If we have so far managed to successfully combine them, then we need to continue, "he said.