ArmInfo. Armenia's foreign policy is carried out not according to the principle of "or ... or", but according to the principle of "and ... and" and this is one of our fundamental principles. This was stated by Armenian Ambassador to Germany Ashot Smbatyan in an interview with the "Behorden Spiegel" magazine.
He recalled that Armenia signed the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement with the European Union, which has already been ratified by a number of EU member states, including Germany. "For us, this is a very important document, as in implementing large-scale reforms in the country, in-depth and expanded cooperation with the EU is expected," said Smbatyan, and in this context reminded that Armenia is also a member of the Eurasian Economic Union and has close relations with Russia.
"We want to preserve this exceptional military partnership with Russia. From this point of view, Armenia may become a kind of bridge between the EU and the EAEU. We also have close relations with the United States since Armenia's independence, where a large number of our compatriots also live. Good relations with China "Armenia is the only country that, being a member of the CSTO, also cooperates with NATO," the Armenian Ambassador to Germany added. Speaking about relations with Germany, the diplomat reminded that official Berlin was among the first in 1991 to establish diplomatic relations with Armenia. "Bilateral relations are dynamically developing and expanding. We have a substantive political agenda, and high-level visits contributed to the development of political dialogue," Smbatyan said.
At the same time, he stressed that Germany is the largest economic partner of Armenia among the EU member states, and the third strongest trading partner in the world. At the same time, he expressed the conviction that there is a serious potential for the further development of economic cooperation, which will be useful for both countries.