South Caucasus countries’ integration into NATO discussed in Brussels
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 25 / Trend M. Aliyev /
Discussions have been held at a conference organized by the European Policy Centre in Brussels. The conference is associated with South Caucasus countries' participation in the Eastern Partnership, Azerbaijani official Asim Mollazade told Trend today.
While speaking at the conference, Mollazade said unresolved conflicts are the primary obstacle to the integration of South Caucasus countries in the Euro-Atlantic space. He stressed that international legal norms are not applied to resolve them.
He stressed that support should be expected from NATO and European countries to resolve these conflicts.
Mollazade said NATO is not ready to expand.
"After NATO did not give consent for Ukraine and Georgia to join the alliance, it became clear that the alliance is not ready to expand and still busy with its own ties with Russia," he said.
NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow, former U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza, and others attended the discussions.
Armenian former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian failed to attend the discussions because a criminal case was filed against him. This criminal case prohibits him from traveling abroad, Mollazade said.