France has agreed to produce navy tools to Armenia following Azerbaijan’s reconquest of the Nagorno-Karabakh area final month.
Throughout a go to to Armenia yesterday, French Overseas Minister Catherine Colonna stated Met together with her Armenian counterpart, Ararat Mirzoyan, and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, throughout what was the primary official go to to the nation by a Western official since Azerbaijan’s victory in Nagorno-Karabakh and the exodus of a minimum of 100 thousand Armenians from the realm final yr. week.
Chatting with reporters from press conference within the capital Yerevan, Colonna introduced after talks that “France has agreed to conclude future contracts with Armenia that may enable the availability of navy tools to Armenia in order that the nation can guarantee its protection.”
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She declined to present particulars of such navy deliveries, merely saying that “there are issues which have already been agreed between Armenia and France and are in progress.” Regardless of elevated navy cooperation and newly introduced deliveries of navy tools, Colonna added that neither Yerevan nor Paris are searching for an escalation within the area.
France’s overseas minister additionally revealed that she had requested prime diplomat and EU overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell to increase the bloc’s remark mission in Armenia and embrace the nation within the European Peace Facility (EPF) , the financing mechanism aimed toward strengthening the EU’s capacity to stop battle, construct peace and strengthen worldwide safety.
Examples of the EPF’s operation embrace the EU’s acceptance of Moldova, Georgia, North Macedonia and the African Union (AU) in that initiative since 2021. The addition of Armenia would offer the Armenian navy with funding and help from the bloc, thus guaranteeing safety for Yerevan in opposition to gamers who supposedly pose a menace, reminiscent of Baku.
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