The project "Eastern partnership" is not required to be considered as geopolitical step, bypassing Russia, said Wednesday in an interview Last news the Minister of education and science of Armenia, Deputy Chairman of the ruling Republican party of Armenia Armen Ashotyan.
"I think not literally effective results of the first stage are linked to the Fact that Russia's role was underestimated and the Project was perceived as ranged against Russian influence in the right areas," said Ashotyan.
in his vision, the new format of the European Eastern partnership must not be competing, and collaborating." Format, where the agenda should be formulated based on the interests of the countries involved in the Eastern partnership ", - said the Minister, noting that to consider these countries in the form of a platform for political rivalry is unacceptable from any point of view." Their people build their own statehood and we must proceed from this, respecting the sovereignty of these countries, and Armenia, " added the Minister.
according to him, Armenia has many times expressed its interest in building a new legal system in relations with the EU." We have expressed interest in the implementation of reforms in the socio-legal sphere. The story is about democratic institutions, protect human rights, the battle against illegal activities of officials, " Ashotyan said, adding that the economic agenda also has the ability to be the subject of consideration, on the basis of those realities that currently exist and taking into account Armenia's membership in Eurasian economic Union.
in his vision, in General, the attitude to the Eastern partnership ' has changed in many countries, as well as among them in the European Union." European politicians have started to realize that the process of running a few years ago, the Polish-Swedish proposal requires rethinking and "restart" on the basis of new realities and new approaches, " said the Minister.
Speaking about the Armenian-Russian relations, the Minister drew attention that they not only have a historical depth, but also from a strategic perspective, so deep that we talk about that some other sites have the ability to deal damage is not necessary." I think that both Armenia and Russia are so close and you are so right and I understand one another, dialogue and interaction, based on the full cooperation and trust, are a guarantee that neither of the parties will take steps that are contrary to the interests of a strategic partner. This applies both to Russia and Armenia, " the Minister said.
Moreover, as Ashotyan said that from the mouth of the authorized senior management of the Russian Federation repeatedly calls, ideas for the future of European integration and Russia related to the common economic space in the field in the format of " European Union plus the Eurasian Union ".
Ashotyan expressed the hope that from a continent of contradictions Europe will have the opportunity to become a continent of cooperation, taking into account that the Russian Federation is one of the leading European countries and the European component of the system of values in Russia has very deep roots." When We say Europe, you always have to understand that Europe Is a slightly different phenomenon than the EU. Europe is much wider than just the boundaries of the 28 member States of the EU, " he finished.
The program "Eastern partnership" includes political Association and economic integration of the EU with Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The last 3 States in the past year signed the Association agreement with the EU partnership.