4 Sep 2023 15:40

Armenia not planning to seek NATO membership, willing to continue cooperation - Armenian Foreign Ministry

YEREVAN. Sept 4 (Interfax) - Nobody in NATO has called on Armenia to join the alliance, while Yerevan stands ready to continue cooperation with the organization, Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Vahan Kostanyan said.

"As for the partnership between Armenia and NATO, it has been implemented for quite a few years. We cooperate with NATO in various formats and are willing to continue this process," Kostanyan told journalists on Monday.

Earlier, Gunther Fehlinger, chair of the European Committee for NATO Enlargement called on Armenia to join the alliance. "I call Armenia to join NATO, [Armenian Prime Minister] Nikol Pashinyan. Protect Armenia, President of the United States," Fehlinger wrote on his social media account.

Commenting on this, Kostanyan said that Fehlinger is "not a NATO representative." "He is just the leader of a non-governmental organization whose name contains the word NATO," he said.