Armenia favours cooperation with CIS bloc and NATO – minister
20 Jul 04
For Armenia, activities within the framework of the Collective
Security Treaty Organization and the deepening of ties with NATO do
not contradict, but supplement each other, Armenian Foreign Minister
Vardan Oskanyan has told Armenian Public Television.
Armenia pursues a policy of complementarity, both organizations and
their members, including the USA and Russia, are aware of this and
this policy applies to security tasks, the minister recalled.
The minister said that NATO’s expansion is inevitable, and the task
here is whether Armenia will voluntarily remain outside these
processes or will be involved in them and defends its interests. “At
present, our decision is to deepen relations with NATO without joining
the alliance,” the minister said.