Baku, Azerbaijan, May 6
By Jamila Aliyeva - Trend:
The EU hopes for signing a joint declaration at the Riga summit, the head of the EU delegation to Azerbaijan Malena Mard said at a press conference on May 6.
"Of course, Azerbaijan, as other Eastern Partnership countries, will be part of this declaration," she said.
"We also hope that it will be signed by the governments of all countries," she said. "From this point of view, we expect much from the declaration. It will help us determine the future way of the Eastern Partnership policy which will be important for Azerbaijan."
As for the Eastern Partnership and relations with Russia, Mard also said that this program is not anti-Russian and it has never been anti-Russian.
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is an initiative of the European Union.
The project was initiated by Poland and a subsequent proposal was prepared in co-operation with Sweden. It was presented by the foreign minister of Poland and Sweden at the EU's General Affairs and External Relations Council in Brussels on 26 May 2008.
The Eastern Partnership was inaugurated by the European Union in Prague in May, 2009.
The second Summit was held in Warsaw in September, 2011, while the third Summit in Vilnius in November, 2013.