Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
by Ashot Safaryan
Stefan Fule, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, is expected to visit Armenia on 12 September, a Yerevan-based Haykakan Zhamanak Daily writes.
Citing the spokesperson of the EU Delegation in Armenia the paper says that Stefan Fule will visit Armenia to attend the 3rd informal meeting of Ministers of the Eastern Partnership countries in Yerevan on 12-13 September. Stefan Fule's Spokesperson Peter Stano, in turn, confirmed the reports on the Commissioner's visit.
The paper writes that European officials seek explanations from Armenia regarding its decision to join the Customs Union.
"For that purpose, Head of the Armenian Parliament Committee for Foreign Affairs Artak Zakaryan and Vice Chairman of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia Armen Ashotyan will leave for Brussels on 5 September," Haykakan Zhamanak writes.
Armenia was expected to initial an Association Agreement with EU, including DCFTA, at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November along with some other countries. However, on September 3 in Moscow, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan confirmed Armenia's intention to join the Customs Union and the process of the formation of the Eurasian Union. Vladimir Putin supported Sargsyan's decision and promised to contribute to Yerevan's accession to the Customs Union in every possible way.
The Customs Union has been created within the Eurasian economic space for trade and economic integration of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia on the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin.