Ukraine Moves to Repair Relations with Armenia

Ukraine's ambassador to Armenia Ivan Kukhta at a press conference in Armenia (Photo: Photolur)


KIEV (RFE/RL)—Armenia’s leaders have been invited to attend the inauguration of Ukraine’s newly elected President Petro Poroshenko in what a senior Ukrainian diplomat portrayed on Thursday as proof of Kiev’s readiness to repair relations with Yerevan.

Ivan Kukhta, the Ukrainian ambassador to Armenia, indicated that President Serzh Sarkisian’s decision to recognize Poroshenko’s victory in the May 25 presidential election paved the way for the normalization of bilateral ties. He said Sarkisian’s move was the main reason why he returned to Yerevan more than two months after being recalled by the Ukrainian government in protest against a positive Armenian reaction to an internationally condemned referendum in Crimea.

“Relations between Ukraine and Armenia have always been, are and will be good,” Kukhta told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am). “After two-month consultations [in Kiev] I want to point out that Armenia was one of the first countries to recognize the May 25 presidential election in Ukraine. President Sarkisian congratulated Ukraine’s President-elect Poroshenko, thereby indicating that Armenia recognizes the election result.”

“This was a very friendly diplomatic step,” stressed the ambassador.

Kukhta said that he met with Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian on his return to Yerevan on Sunday and that they both reaffirmed their governments’ commitment to deepening bilateral ties. In that regard, he said, the Ukrainian government has invited Armenian leaders to attend Poroshenko’s inauguration slated for Saturday.

“To my knowledge, the Armenian side is ready to send a representative,” added the diplomat.

The Armenian president angered the interim government in Kiev in March when he welcomed the referendum in Crimea that led to the Ukrainian region’s annexation by Russia. Armenia went on to vote against a pro-Ukrainian resolution on Crimea that was overwhelmingly adopted by the UN General Assembly.

“Armenia explained its position in this way: the principle of peoples’ self-determination is its main foreign policy tenet and Yerevan was therefore guided by that principle,” said Kukhta. “Armenia said it has nothing against Ukraine and is simply in favor of peoples’ self-determination.”

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  1. Norin Radd said:

    This was all brilliantly done by President Sarkissian. He said what needed to be said and maneuvered himself well politically when the Ukrainians , Diaspora Armenian Europhiles, and EU started whining.

  2. Sokimag said:

    Good! It’s good to repair our relations with Ukraine. Russia is befriending Azerbaijan our enemy. We will befriend Ukraine and have deeper relations with Ukraine regardless of what Russia thinks. Russia is cooperating with our enemy, so we can cooperate with the West too if it suits us.

    • www.Voskanapat.info said:

      Ukraine is a failed state headed by an illegitimate puppet regime. This Ambassador does not represent the people of Ukraine and should go back where he came from.

      The West showed us time and time again that it does not want to cooperate with us. It wants Armenian out of Armenia because we are in the way of their oil and gas pipelines. Same story over and over, similar to Ukraine…

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