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Armenia's membership in the Eurasian Economic Union, which is being established by Russia, should not become an obstacle for Armenia to continue constructive cooperation with the European Union, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius said during his visit to the Caucasian country on Friday.
Armenia's Eurasian Union membership should not block EU ties, Lithuanian foreign minister says
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According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during the meetings with the Armenian president and foreign affairs minister "it was underlined that Armenia's relations with the EU are an important stimulus to continue internal reforms in the country, and Lithuania is ready to contribute to the dialogue."

"The EU should continue and strengthen cooperation with Armenia in all areas compatible with the country's chosen foreign policy line," the minister was quoted as saying in a statement.

Linkevičius also expressed delight over a growing trade volume between Lithuania and Armenia and the fact that Lithuanian-Armenian business forums would soon be held in Vilnius and Yerevan.

It was also agreed during the meetings with the Armenian leaders to finalize as soon as possible all procedures for the establishment of a bilateral commission for economic cooperation, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in the statement.

Highly dependable on Russia's security guarantees, Armenia decided against signing an association agreement with the EU last year and chose membership in the Moscow-led Eurasian Union instead.

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