Donald Tusk to Pashinyan: EU Will Back Armenia's Democratic Reforms

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met with European Council President Donald Tusk today at NATO Headquarters on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Brussels.

According to an Armenian government press release, Prime Minister Pashinyan stressed that Armenia’s new government seeks to build on the victory of the country’s democratic forces, enforce the rule of law in the country, and ensure the independence of the judiciary. In that context, he noted that Armenia highly appreciates EU’s support and is keen to closely cooperate with the EU.

Highlighting the expansion of EU-Armenia cooperation, Donald Tusk welcomed the recent tide of national consolidation in Armenia. “I have always been a friend of Armenia. What has happened in Armenia was exceptional, and I can tell you that they were too European. Your example is very promising, and you can rely on EU’s backing on the way to democratic reforms,” Tusk said.

The parties exchanged views on a broad range of issues over the further development of EU-Armenia relationships.

With reference to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Pashinyan said Armenia remains strongly committed to the talks held under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and went on to underscore that every attempt to resolve the conflict by military means is a threat to regional security, democracy and human rights.

“Like any other democratic nation, Armenia strives for peace and is doing everything to ensure regional security and stability,”  Pashinyan said.