Armenia not planning to join NATO - Armenian Foreign Minister

Armenia Materials 7 July 2008 00:22 (UTC +04:00)

Armenian Foreign Minister Edvard Nalbandian said the south Caucasus state is not seeking to join NATO, but will enhance cooperation with the alliance, reports reaching here said on Sunday.

"NATO membership does not rank among Armenia's foreign-policy goals, but Armenia is cooperating intensively with the alliance," Interfax quoted Nalbandian as saying at a joint news conference with his Czech counterpart Karel Schwarzenberg in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, the Xinhua news agency reported.

NATO and Armenia have recently completed a "positive" two-year cooperation program, he said, noting a new two-year cooperation program is underway.

Russia has repeatedly warned against NATO's eastward expansion, expressing concerns over the bid for the alliance's membership by former Soviet republics, such as Georgia and Ukraine.