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 Marianna Mkrtchyan
Today one can unambiguously assess neither the Armenia-EU relations nor their further development, Samvel Farmanyan, MP from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), said at the Oct 16 conference entitled "Four Years of Eastern Partnership: Achievements and Challenges".
"For the moment, the future of the Armenian-European relations looks vague, but it will be specified after the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius", he stressed.
He thinks that there are several reasons that have made Armenia change its foreign political vector. He considers that the Armenia-EU relations cannot be separated from the ongoing geopolitical processes, including the unsuccessful restart of the Armenian-Turkish relations, the critical situation in the Middle East, as well as the ongoing processes around Iran and Syria. In the meantime, Farmanyan said that Armenia's striving for European integration was sincere.
"Armenian businessmen have not been informed of the benefits they can get from one or another economic project. I think the given fact should not be ignored", he said.
Farmanyan stressed that there is no alternative to the Armenia-EU cooperation. He suggested making a pause before Eastern Partnership Summit until some documentary arrangements are achieved. "Time will clear the air", said Farmanyan.