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
Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian received EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule, who is in Armenia to represent the European Union at the third Informal Eastern
Partnership Dialogue in Yerevan, Armenia, on 13 September.
The sides continued the discussions launched in Brussels on 5 September and stressed the importance of the third Informal Eastern Partnership Dialogue in Yerevan, the Foreign Ministry of Armenia
reported. Minister Nalbandian reaffirmed Armenia's willingness to continue cooperation with the EU in all possible fields.
The third Eastern Partnership Summit will takes place in Vilnius 28-29 November. Some Eastern Partnership countries are expected to initial Association Agreements, including DCFTA, at the Summit.
However, on September 3, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan confirmed Armenia's intention to join the Customs Union and contribute to the process of 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. Since 2010 Yerevan has been negotiating on Association Agreement (AA) and Deep and
Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with the EU. Armenia was expected to initial the AA/DCFTA during the Eastern Partnership
summit in Vilnius.
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.