EU ready to start talks with Armenia on a new agreement

The EU is ready to start talks with Armenia on a new agreement based on the developments we have had since 2013, i.e. the draft Association Agreement, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said in an interview with Russian Kommersant.

“The main difference will be the fact that Armenia is now a member of the Eurasian Economic Union. We’ll be looking for ways to ensure that Armenia’s commitments as an EEU member not contradict the development of relations with the European Union in certain areas,” he said.

The Minister said the EU provides all partners with an opportunity of visa liberalization. “We have certain progress with Armenia and Azerbaijan. We speak about facilitation, not liberalization of visa regime with Belarus, although the legal texts are not ready yet. If Armenia and Azerbaijan express the wish, I see no bases for denying them the opportunity,” Rinkevics said.

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS