Monday, November 11 2019 18:58
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Lavrov: Russia sees no problem in the development of relations of  Armenia with external partners

Lavrov: Russia sees no problem in the development of relations of  Armenia with external partners

ArmInfo. Russia has sees no  problem in the development of relations between Armenia and external  partners, if the latter respect the obligations that exist in the  CIS, CSTO and the EAEU. Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey  Lavrov said this on November 11 in Yerevan at the Museum-Institute of  Ancient Manuscripts "Matenadaran" at a meeting with students of  Armenian universities.

"Our European colleagues have a habit to establish their own rules,  adopt their doctrines, declarations in any region whith which they  begin to interact, ignoring what was done in this region before the  EU became interested in it," Lavrov said, in this context recalling  that when Armenia was negotiating around an Association Agreement  with the EU, there were attempts by friends from the European Union  to completely ignore other obligations that Yerevan has long had with  the CIS, CSTO, and EAEU.  However, Lavrov continued, Armenia  confirmed its commitment to these obligations in this agreement and  emphasized that they fully retain their importance and weight for it.

As an example, the head of the Russian diplomatic service cited the  methods that the EU uses in the Black Sea. "Together with Armenia we  participate in the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation  (BSEC), the European Union is an observer in this organization.  However, our desire to bring the methods by which the EU works in the  Black Sea in line with the decisions of the BSEC itself does not yet  meet much understanding of our European partners," the Russian  Foreign Minister said, adding that relations between Moscow and  Yerevan are close and allied ones.

Touching on the relations between Russia and the European Union,  Lavrov emphasized that Moscow had never initiated a deterioration in  relations with the European Union, and they became complicated after  the EU supported the interference by the US in the situation in  Ukraine.

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