by Nana Martirosyan
Russia forced Armenia to give up its plans to sign an association agreement with the European Union, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said in Washington.
He said that Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are actively moving towards Europe, while Armenia has opted for the Customs Union. But the problem is that it had no alternative and was simply forced by Russia to do it.
Bildt also doubts that authoritarian Azerbaijan is sincere in its wish to take part in the EU Eastern Partnership program. He said that Azerbaijan is based on oil and authoritarian rule, which is a problem for Europe.