EU Mission In Armenia Molds Into NATO One - Russian FM

(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, April 19. The EU mission inArmenia is turning into a NATO mission, said Russian ForeignMinister Sergey Lavrov during an interview with Russian media,Trend reports.

"At the 2022 Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)conference in Armenia, all parties, including the Armenianminister, signed a document outlining increased weapons transfersto Armenia, exercises, and mission deployment. Despite PrimeMinister Pashinyan's claim of a lack of consensus, Armenian societydemonstrated unanimity for the EU mission, initially pledged fortwo months but now extended indefinitely, with Canadian and otherNATO countries' participation, transforming it from an EU missionto a NATO one," he said.

To note, the EU monitoring mission in Armenia was initiated onJanuary 23, 2023. Initially, there were 100 employees. However, onDecember 11, the same year, it was decided to expand the number to209 people.

In April, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stressed theimportance of the EU surveillance mission, claiming it provides"objective" information regarding the border situation withAzerbaijan. Pashinyan also recommended extending the mission'smandate.

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