(MENAFN- AzerNews) By Abdul Kerimkhanov, Day.az Editor-in.Chief
On June 8, it became known that the EU civilian mission in
Armenia (EUMA) plans to establish three additional operations
centers in Gafan, Ijevan and Yeghegnadzor in the coming months,
gradually reaching full readiness in the near future. This was
stated by Head of Mission Markus Ritter while receiving a
delegation of the Council of the European Union (EU) Working Group
on Eastern Europe and Central Asia (COEST) together with EU
Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin.
He noted that in the first quarter of its activity, the mission
carried out over 300 patrols from its centers in Gerus, Jermuk and
Martuni. Patrols cover more than 3800 km every week.
On the same day, Michael Rott, chairman of the Foreign Relations
Commission of the German Bundestag, expressed hope that Azerbaijan
would also agree to the activities of the EU civil mission from the
Azerbaijani side. However, according to him, there were no
optimistic signals in this regard. Rott said this in an interview
with journalists in Yerevan.
"We are grateful to the Armenian government for inviting the EU
civil mission to conduct monitoring in Armenia. We are pleased to
announce that the EU mission will expand its activities in the near
future. And we hope that the Azerbaijani side will also agree to
the activities of a similar mission from the Azerbaijani side," he
said. Michael Rott.
Day.Az asked a German journalist, political scientist,
historian, former adviser to the German government Alexander Rahr
to comment on the activation of the EU mission in Armenia and its
attempts to infiltrate Azerbaijan.
According to him, Armenia is ready to come under the protective
wing of the European Union.
"Apparently, Yerevan believes that the European Union today and
in this situation will be better able to protect the country from
the pressure of Azerbaijan and Turkey than Russia, the traditional
protector of Armenians," the German journalist emphasized.
Our interlocutor also noted the lack of funding for the Armenian
"The Armenian economy desperately needs investments and capital.
And, alas, Russia is under sanctions. The European mission, which
contributes to the settlement of the military conflict, for
Pashinyan today seems to be an important prospect for stability in
As for Azerbaijan, it does not want to return to the old days,
when the European Union lectured it on every corner on issues of
values and democracy. Baku does not want to experience any more
such "colonialism" from the West. Baku also does not need the
protection of the European Union, it has its own good relations
with Russia and Turkey," Alexander Rahr concluded.