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Shamsail Saraliev on the results of the Brussels Eastern Partnership Summit

The Eastern Partnership summit was held yesterday in Brussels with the participation of the leaders of the five post-Soviet republics – Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. As a result, a Declaration was adopted, where not a word was said about Russia in a critical way. The published document deals only with cooperation, economic integration, and support for various reforms.

The absence of criticism of Russia, contrary to the expectations of the United States, can in fact be considered a loss to the United States, which systematically threatened us with sanctions. America again failed to push us with someone else’s hands. Poland and Sweden proposed to create a partnership in 2008 – countries that do not hide their critical attitude towards Russia. Despite the fact that later Brussels offered Moscow to join projects within the framework of the Eastern Partnership, we saw that all the efforts of the partnership, at the suggestion of the United States, were aimed at weakening Russian influence in the post-Soviet space.

The States openly call the Eastern Partnership “a strong response to Russian aggression in Georgia,” “punishment of Russia,” “an opportunity to more strongly involve the former republics of the USSR in the zone of Western interests.”
Moscow is interested in maintaining close relations between Russia and post-Soviet countries. In particular, with Armenia, Belarus, Azerbaijan. And even more so, there is every reason to believe that Yerevan, Baku and Minsk are much more interested in cooperation with Moscow than with Brussels.

Our European partners are playing “undercover games” and are trying to undermine our ties with post-Soviet countries. Russia is not going to attack Ukraine. We have stated this many times. Alas, the collective West continues to threaten with sanctions and arm the Kiev regime, sabotaging the Minsk agreements.

The militarization of Ukraine is a direct threat to the security of our state! Today, the priority is to start international negotiations and work out legal guarantees excluding any further NATO advance in the East.

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