The Prime Ministers of Georgia and Armenia met in Batumi on Sunday (17 May) to discuss a range of issues related to their bilateral relations. Irakli Garibashvili and Hovik Abrahamyan focused primarily on economic relations between the two countries, according to the press services of the two prime ministers.
Georgia and Armenia have opted for different trajectories in their international economic relations, with Georgia signing an Association Agreement with the European Union, whilst Armenia has since January become a full member of the Russia led Eurasian Economic Union. Both governments have pledged to do their utmost to ensure that these different international obligations will not harm their bilateral relations.
Earlier this month Georgia expressed its displeasure at a meeting between the Chairman of the Armenian Parliament and the Chairman of the Parliament in the self declared Republic of South Ossetia. The Armenian side said that the meeting was of a private nature, but Georgia felt that it indicated Armenian encouragement to South Ossetia's secession from Georgia.
photo: Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan and Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili after their meeting Batumi on Sunday, 17 May 2015 (Picture courtesy of the Press Service of the Government of Armenia).
Getting the Eastern Neighbourhood right is a key necessity for the future security and prosperity of Europe. The Brussels summit offers an opportunity for important steps on this matter in the right direction – not as an end in themselves but rather as a part of a longer term and more ambitious vision.
An incident at a military facility of the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic resulted in three Armenian soldiers killed and one seriously injured. It is not clear what the exact circumstances of the incident were, but for the moment it is being treated as an accident.