Bilateral Cooperation & International Relations


EU to provide €36 million of financial support to Armenia
/Dec 3/PanArmenian/

The European Union will provide €36 million of financial support to Armenia with a focus on areas such as education, energy efficiency, environmental protection, the Armenian government said in a tweet.

The sum will also be used to create a favorable investment and business environment in the country.

By the end of the year Armenia will receive €5.5 million, the government said.

The European Union is expected to provide financial assistance worth €160 million to Armenia by 2020 under a document signed in February by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, and Armenia’s then foreign minister Edward Nalbandian.

EU to provide €60 million to promote innovative technologies in Armenia EU to provide €60 million to promote innovative technologies in Armenia
/Dec 5/

The EU intends to provide grants of 60 million euros to representatives of the private sector in Armenia to promote the development of innovative technologies, head of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia Gonzalo Serrano told reporters on Wednesday.

According to him, the EU intends to implement in Armenia a large-scale program, aimed at stimulating innovative technologies in the country. The corresponding cooperation deal between the EU and the Armenian government will be signed in December of this year. In the near future, separate deals with the Ministry of Education and Science will also be signed, and in early 2019, a cooperation agreement with the Tumo Creative Technologies Center.

The program will be implemented in two directions and is aimed at stimulating the development of innovative technologies both in Yerevan and in the Armenian regions

According to him, the first direction is to support the development of the “green sector” industry: agriculture, tourism and technological parks. The EU will provide ample opportunities for start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses operating in these areas. The second direction is education: grants in this segment will be directed to publishing textbooks, manuals and teacher retraining.

The EU official said that cooperation with the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies had already started, and in cooperation with the World Bank, in-depth teaching of mathematics and other sciences in Armenian schools would be promoted.

The implementation of the program will begin in March-April of the next year, Serrano added.

EEU presidency passes to Armenia
/Dec 6/Aysor/

Armenia’s acting PM Nikol Pashinyan, who is in St. Petersburg on a working visit, participated today in the regular session of the Supreme Council of the Eurasian Economic Union.

Heads of members states of the organization and chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission Colleague Tigran Sargsyan attended the session.

The participants of the council summed up the annual work of the council during Russia’s presidency and pointed out the core sectors for further Eurasian integration.

The leaders of the EAEU member states revised the current and organizational issues of the establishment. Decision has been made to pass the EAEU 2019 presidency to Armenia.

“Membership to the Eurasian Economic Union is one of the priorities for our government. The trade-economic cooperation among the EAEU member states becomes important positive factor which has a positive impact on country’s economic growth and foreign trade potential,” Armenia’s acting PM Nikol Pashinyan said in his speech.

He stressed that Armenia is interested in further expansion of integration processes in the organization and hails the Declaration on further expansion of the integration processes which defines the philosophy of the cooperation and main development directions.

The acting PM also referred to Armenia’s representation issue in the Eurasian intergovernmental council, stressing that Armenia does not demand immediate review of the issue and a corresponding decision, being guided with partnership relations and principles of constructive approaches of the union.

“Nevertheless, it is a sensitive issue for us and we would like it to remain in the general agenda for finding mutually beneficial solution,” he said.

The acting PM also convinced that Armenia is ready to accept the presidency in the EAEU and happy to host one of the sessions of the council in Armenia.

Media: White House readying to strike at CSTO, boost ties with Armenia
/Dec 6/PanArmenian/

American private intelligence and analysis company Stratfor revealed in a recently published story that the Trump administration will take steps in 2019 to strengthen its influence in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus in order to contain Russia.

First of all, Moscow’s closest allies – members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Eurasian Economic Union – will be in focus. Since is difficult to draw Belarus awaw from Russia for objective reasons, the United States intends to intensify diplomatic efforts in Central Asia and the Caucasus. But Minsk will not be ignored. As an immediate task, the White House has determined the establishment of close relations with Armenia, Nezavisimaya Gazeta says.

None of the allies help Armenia in the war for Nagorno Karabakh, the piece says.

“Even when Azerbaijani saboteurs entered Tavush province, Yerevan was left without support. Moreover, the CSTO allies — Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan — sell weapons to Azerbaijan (which is at war with Armenia). And all because the treaty does not prohibit its participants to trade arms with anyone,” the article says.

“Until recently, Armenia was considered Russia’s most reliable ally. But after the velvet revolution the Americans took advantage of [the situation] and immediately sent emissary John Bolton. After being offered to buy American weapons, the new leader of Armenia said: “The government is not bound by any restrictions. And if a good offer comes by from the U.S., we are ready to discuss it.” In addition, a criminal case was launched against the now former CSTO Secretary General Yuri Khachaturov and the local subsidiary of Gazprom. As a result, relations between Yerevan and Moscow immediately steamed up.