Eastern Europe

EU reaffirms interest in developing cooperation with Azerbaijan

10:34, 19 December 2020
EU reaffirms interest in developing cooperation with Azerbaijan Photo: Florian Gaertner/photothek.net/imago-images.de/Global Look Press

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell said that the EU intends to conclude a new partnership agreement with Azerbaijan, including on gas purchases, TASS reports.

The EU wants to conclude an ambitious new comprehensive agreement with Azerbaijan, based on democracy, human rights, and fundamental freedoms. This would contribute to the diversification of Azerbaijan’s economy, enhance our trading relationship, and extend our cooperation more broadly, said Borrell.

The EU stands ready to assume a role in supporting and shaping a durable settlement to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, in close complementarity with the Minsk Group Co-Chairs. We are ready to use our peacebuilding and reconstruction tools to support this, he added.

In turn, Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi spoke about the interest of the EU in cooperation with Baku on gas supplies.

He reminded that Brussels expects gas supplies from Azerbaijan through the Southern Gas Corridor by the end of 2021. At the same time, the EU expects to extend this gas transmission project to the Western Balkans, he said.

Restrictions on the supply of agricultural products to Russia from Azerbaijan aren’t politically motivated, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said, NEWS.ru reported earlier.