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 Emmanuil Mkrtchyan
There is nothing astonishing about the decision of the Armenian President to opt to join the Russian led Customs Union and the Eurasian Economic Union, Commonspace.eu political editor, Director of LINKS Dennis Sammut said on Commonspace.eu.
"In fact this is what many had been expecting all along. This is a decision for the Armenian government to make and it is up to the Armenian people, not others, to question it. What is quite astonishing however is that Armenia had for several years been pursuing a completely different course by engaging in negotiations to sign an Association Agreement with EU and a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, and had indicated until a few days ago that this what it was going to do. How this all of a sudden stopped being rational is perplexing," Sammut said.
He believes that nobody in Brussels or anywhere else in the European Union lost any sleep last night because of Sargsyan's decision. "In fact a more closely associated Armenia would have necessitated considerable economic and financial commitment on the part of the EU which will now not be necessary. One would assume that next time Mr. Putin goes to Yerevan he will bring his chequebook with him. But internationally there will be questions about how Armenia goes about doing international relations, and domestically the decision, which has been taken with very little public consultation, will no doubt stir a debate," Sammut said.