YEREVAN—US Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern, speaking to Armenia’s Zhamanak news agency, said he hopes that after Armenia joins the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) it will display the political will to continue its cooperation with the west.
“The United States believes that every country has to independently manage its future when joining any international organization or union. We think that Armenia made progress in its accession negotiations with Moscow. I don’t know what conditions the negotiations were conducted around. Our task is for Armenia to continue looking toward the west. We offer Armenia economic, political, diplomatic, as well as security cooperation. I believe that this is very important for Armenia to welcome cooperation with the West.”
When asked if Armenia chose the right path, the ambassador replied, “Every country makes decisions for themselves, it’s not me that has to judge Armenia’s decision.”
Armenia formally joined the Eurasian Economic Union of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan on Oct. 10. Armenia is expected to become a full-fledged member of the EEU starting Jan. 1, 2015.