The Vilnius Summit as assessed by political scientists
15:41 30.11.2013

Armine Gevorgyan
Public Radio of Armenia

The joint declaration adopted between Armenia and the European Union
in Vilnius was a political achievement, political scientist Sergey
Shakaryants says.

Speaking at a press conference today, the political scientist said
President Serzh Sargsyan's speech was also a success, especially
considering that it covered issues related not only to the Association
Agreement, but also Armenia's blockade by Turkey and the Nagorno
Karabakh issue.

As for the general assessment of the Vilnius Summit, Shakaryants says
it was a complete failure. He believes Russia has not pressured either
Armenia or Ukraine. `The Russian authorities have openly clarified
what will happen to the economies of the countries if they open their
customs borders to Europe.'

`Both Armenia and Ukraine were clever enough not to commit a political
suicide,' he said, adding that the two would sign the Association
Agreement had the EU refrained from requiring unilateral concessions.

Political scientist Levon Shirinyan considers that Armenia was trying
to conduct a balanced policy before September 3, but made the decision
to join the Customs Union because of the lack of security guarantees
on the part of Europe.