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    Xinhua, China 2006-04-24 18:24:13
    April 24 2006

    MOSCOW, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Armenia is not going to join NATO and
    the European Union (EU), Armenian President Robert Kocharyan said
    Monday in an interview with local newspaper Golos Armenii.

    "The membership in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)
    and the high level of military-technical cooperation with Russia solve
    the task of ensuring the country's security in a sufficient degree,"
    Kocharyan said.

    Therefore, Armenia will not join NATO, the Armehian president said. The
    member states of the CSTO include Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan,
    Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

    Kocharyan said that the "whole law base of the Armenian-Russian
    relations in the military-technical sphere has been ratified by the
    republic's parliament."

    "Within the framework of the individual partnership program, Armenia is
    actively broadening the cooperation with the North Atlantic alliance
    as a key European security organization. We hope for fruitful
    cooperation, especially in the reform of Armenia's armed forces,
    and in the peacekeeping activity," Kocharyan said.

    The president said, "at present, Armenia is preparing for closer
    cooperation with the European Union within the framework of the New
    Neighborhood Policy, but we do not formulate the task of joining the
    European Union."

    "Euro-Atlantic ambitions of Armenia are weighed, realistic, positively
    seen by European structures, and do not create problems in the
    relations with Russia," he said.

    "We equally articulate our stance in Moscow, Brussels and Washington,"
    the president said.

    From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress