YEREVAN (Sputnik) — Georgia's possible membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is unlikely to affect the long-lasting relations between Tbilisi and Yerevan, former Foreign Minister of Georgia Maia Panjikidze said Monday.
"It cannot be an obstacle. Armenia and Georgia have centuries-old ties. I think that the fact that Georgia wants to become a member of NATO and the European Union, and Armenia has other plans and ambitions, cannot be an obstacle for deepening the economic ties between the two states, and as I said, in the political field we have no problems," the diplomat said at the international conference, entitled "Upcoming Challenges: NATO, from Wales to Warsaw and Beyond" in Armenia’s capital of Yerevan, as quoted by the Armenpress news agency.
She expressed hope that Georgia's becoming a NATO member could be expected in the near future.
Armenia does not seek membership in NATO, but in a sustainable manner cooperates with the Alliance on a range of reforms, including defense, security and diplomacy areas. In particular, Armenia contributed to several NATO missions.