21 July 2024,   21:28
Georgia, Armenia are interested in getting closer to the EU and its single market, the outcome would be achievable through an agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan - O’Brien

In the interview with the Armenian office of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Assistant Secretary for the US Department of State for European and Eurasian Affairs said Georgia and Armenia were interested in “getting closer” to the European Union and its single market but added the outcome would only be achievable through an agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

James O’Brien highlighted the 2020 breakout of armed clashes between the latter states over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

“This document enables the establishment of a trade route that will pass through Kazakhstan to Turkey and then exit from the Mediterranean or the Black Sea. This route will complement the existing route that runs from Azerbaijan to Georgia, near the Black Sea. Together, these two routes will provide Central Asian countries with independent access to the global market from Russia and China. We fully support this opportunity…

Russia wants to declare that if it wins in Ukraine, it will also return to the Caucasus. However, Russia is unable to win against Ukraine and return to the Caucasus, as it has been for a long time. Now is the time for the citizens of Armenia to declare that they have made up their minds and want to move forward, not backward. There is now an opportunity to move forward, because Russia is stuck in Ukraine”, - said James O’Brien.

He expressed support for, and the US Government’s intention to, elevate its relationship with Armenia to that of a strategic partner and focus on “strengthening democracy, security and economic diversification”.