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
The security dependence on Russia deprives Armenia of the opportunity to maneuver, Director of the Caucasus Institute Alexander Iskandaryan said at a press conference when commenting on Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan's decision to join the Customs Union.
He said that unlike Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia, which are also participating in the Eastern Partnership program, Armenia depends on Russia in security issues. "Deterioration of relations with Russia might result in economic losses for Ukraine and Moldova, while Armenia would suffer losses in security. Unlike economy or any other sphere, security is irretrievable", Iskandaryan stressed.
Nevertheless, the analyst believes that the possibilities of cooperation with the European Union are not exhausted. "I think the current process of rapprochement with the EU will be continued. It is necessary to continue working with European structures and work out a model of interaction and a special format of cooperation", Iskandaryan said.
To recall, on September 3, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan confirmed Armenia's intention to join the Customs Union and the process of the formation of the Eurasian Union.