Baku. Anakhanum Idoyatova – APA. “We look forward to further EU engagement with Azerbaijan, and I hope that momentum can be built in negotiations towards an Association Agreement,” said British Minister for Europe David Lidington, APA reports quoting the website of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He said that The EU’s eastern neighbours are an integral part of Europe: “They share our European history and culture, and seek to build an independent and prosperous future as sovereign nations free from outside pressure and influence. Their importance to the EU is unmistakable.”
“In Vilnius the leaders of the European Union are meeting with representatives of our nearest neighbours to the East. At the summit Georgia and Moldova are initialing Association Agreements, marking a new stage in the EU’s relationship with these important partners. Armenia has taken the decision not to join Moldova and Georgia in initialling an Association Agreement at Vilnius. This is a disappointment. The UK remains keen to see Armenia and the EU work together to continue Armenia’s reform process, free from external pressures,” said David Lidington.
He underlined that it was deeply disappointing that the government of Ukraine announced last week that it had decided to put signature of an Association Agreement on hold: “I sincerely hope that the Ukrainian government will resume its preparations to sign the Association Agreement soon.”
According to him, it is in everyone’s interests that Eastern Partnership countries become more prosperous and stable.