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EU Foreign Ministers possibly not to pass declaration after Eastern Partnership

Azerbaijan is disappointed with the current edition of the document, and its status may be demoted to a so-called chairman’s statement, reporter Rikard Jozwiak explains
10:57, 13 May 2019

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Eastern Partnership jubilee summit is possible to be over without any concluding statements made by EU Foreign Ministers. This is due to Azerbaijan's dismissive position. Rikard Jozwiak, the correspondent of Radio Liberty tweeted that Monday.

'EU ambassadors are meeting this morning ahead of the foreign ministers meeting to discuss the Eastern Partnership declaration. Seems like it will be downgraded to a so-called chairman’s statement as Azerbaijan is unhappy about the text'.

Later, Jozwiak confirmed that the status of the document was actually downgraded.

Related: Eastern Partnership countries to sign roaming rate harmonization deal by 2020

No information has been immediately available regarding the reason why Azerbaijan is disappointed about the document.

In March, the European Parliament has approved the resolution on the state of EU-Russia political relations, which states that the 1994 Agreement on Partnership in Cooperation should be reconsidered as parliamentarian website reported. The resolution notes that illegal occupation and annexation of Crimea, its direct and indirect participation in the armed conflicts in the eastern part of Ukraine and its constant violation of the territorial integrity of Georgia and Moldova represent its intentional violation of the international law. The European Parliament emphasized that the EU cannot return to business as usual until Russia does not fulfill Minsk Agreements and restores the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Related: Next Eastern Partnership summit to be in summer of 2019 or first half of 2020

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