Eastern Partnership not a tool for EU expansion, Merkel says
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 21
The format of the EU Eastern Partnership program is not a tool for the EU expansion, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said May 21, RIA Novosti reported.
Merkel said in the parliament on the eve of leaving for the EU Eastern Partnership summit in Riga.
"The Eastern Partnership format is not a tool for the EU expansion," he said. "We must not cause artificial expectations which we will fail to fulfill then. We know about this. I try to convey this point of view to our Eastern partners."
The Eastern Partnership program envisages the political association and economic integration of the EU with Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The last three countries signed an agreement on associated partnership with the EU in 2014.
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