Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Mnatsakan Safaryan received on Thursday EU’s international special envoy for the enforcement of EU sanctions, David O’Sullivan.
The interlocutors discussed a set of issues related to cooperation between Armenia and the EU, the press service of the Armenian Foreign Ministry reported.
It said the recent increase in trade turnover between Armenia and the EU countries was pointed out with satisfaction. The importance of strengthening and deepening economic ties with the EU was emphasized.
Safaryan and O’Sullivan stressed the importance of regular contacts and continuous dialogue.
According to the official statistics, Armenia’s trade with EU countries in the first quarter of 2023 amounted to over $678.1 million, a 64.6% growth year-on-year. The top five largest trade partners were Germany (more than $173.6 million, up 97.7%), the Netherlands (over $116.4 million, up 84.7%), Italy (over $87.6 million, up 48.3%), Poland (over $55.5 million, up 4 times) and France (over $36.2 million, up 86.7%).
Earlier, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that Armenia, as a member of the Eurasian Economic Union with deep and strategically important partnership ties with Russia, cannot afford to come under the Western anti-Russian sanctions.
According to him, Armenia will work as much as possible in its relations with Russia to the extent that the country does not fall under these sanctions.