news.am, Armenia
Jan 3 2010


Armenia's foreign policy entered a new phase: Expert


11:10 / 01/03/2010 Armenia's geopolitical role increased due to
initiative foreign policy in 2009, Turkish studies expert Ruben
Safrastyan told NEWS.am. The expert considers the fact that Armenia
managed to deepen strategic partnership with Russia and simultaneously
retain friendly relations with Georgia and intensify the process of
European integration an achievement.

According to him, Armenia's foreign policy entered a new risky phase,
which is however justified. `Yerevan takes such a risk to empower new
geopolitical possibilities to Armenia,' he said.

Forecasting the coming year developments, Safrastyan underlined that
no factual breakthrough should be expected in Karabakh peace process.
`The conflict has not reached real solution phase,' the expert said.
As to Armenia-Turkey dialogue, Safrastyan reckons that it will
continue in 2010. The momentum will be registered in ratification of
the Protocols, as both Yerevan and Ankara are interested in it.

A.G.