Armenia’s path to Europe not interrupted; the pace slowed down, Polish Ambassador says

Anna Nazaryan

Armenia has turned towards Russia, but has not made a step, Poland’s Ambassador to Armenia Zdzislaw Raczynski told a press conference in Yerevan. He said “Armenia’s path to Europe has not been interrupted.”

“With the Eastern Partnership Program the EU suggested relations to Armenia one level higher, but the decision announced on September 3 kept Armenia away from initialing the Association Agreement,” the Ambassador said.

What Armenian was offered under the Association Agreement is now impossible, and now it’s necessary to find a new platform for cooperation, he added.

According to Raczynski, the decision to join the Customs Union was well thought out and calculated, but it’s hard to say what this will give Armenia. He made clear that Armenia would gain a lot from the creation of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.

“Armenia would have a €150 mln income annually. Now let’s wait and see how much Armenia’s GDP will grow after joining the Customs Union,” the Ambassador said.

Zdzislaw Raczynski said Armenia’s path to Europe has not been interrupted, only the pace has been slowed down.

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