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by David Stepanyan
The Armenian President's speech in Strasbourg was a bid for Armenia's playing the role of a bridge between the European and customs unions, Mateusz Piskorski, Director of the European Center of Geopolitical Analysis, PhD in Political Science, said in an interview to ArmInfo, when asked to comment on President Sargsyan's statement that Armenia is ready to sign the Association Agreement in Vilnius.
This, according to Piskorski, was a suggestion that Armenia might serve as a bridge between the two integrations blocs - the Customs Union and the European Union, Moscow and Brussels - even though it has opted from the former. Piskorski believes that from now on the participation of the post-Soviet republics in one or another integration system will depend exclusively on what Germany and Russia will agree on. If they come to terms and manage to adjust the two processes to one another, the geopolitical role of Armenia therein may grow.
Today Brussels is actively pulling the Eastern Partners towards Europe, while Moscow is pushing its projects of Eurasian integration. The EU's pressure on the other Eastern Partners is still existent, so, it is natural that even after choosing Eurasia, Armenia has not lost its interest in Europe.
Piskorski names at least three sides that are interested in the Association process: the European officials, led by commissioners Stefan Fule and Catherine Ashton, certain European businessmen who are looking for new sales markets and the pro-American lobby in the EU, who regards the association as a move against Russia.