Russian Foreign Ministry: Moscow considers EU mission to Armenia as attempt to squeeze it from region

Russian Foreign Ministry: Moscow considers EU mission to Armenia as attempt to squeeze it from region

Baku, February 21, AZERTAC

Russia sees geopolitical motives behind the European Union’s civilian mission in Armenia geared to squeeze Russia out of the region, which has little to do with the interests of the normalization of the situation in the South Caucasus, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Monday, TASS reports.

"Regrettably, this is not the first time when we see that the European Union is sparing no efforts to win a foothold in our allied Armenia. We see solely political motives, which are a far cry from the interests of the real normalization of relations in the South Caucasus, behind these attempts. It is sparing no effort to squeeze Russia out of the region and weaken its historical role as a key security guarantor. Baku’s openly voiced negative views about this initiative are being ignored," she said, commenting on the deployment of the EU civilian mission to Armenia.

According to Zakharova, the European Unions’ record of settling regional conflicts is quite dubious.

She stressed that a key factor of stability and security in the region in the foreseeable perspective is the package of agreements between the Russian, Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders. "The shortest way to improve the situation in the region lies via the comprehensive implementation of these agreements, including the unblocking of transport communication, the delimitation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, establishing ties between people, experts, religious circles, parliamentarians of the two countries, and through peace treaty talks. Russia is ready to continue to promote this," she said.

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