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Armenia and Belarus intend to block declaration of Eastern Partnership summit due to ‘annexation of Crimea’

Representatives of Armenia and Belarus intend to block the final declaration of the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, if it contains the phrase "annexation of Crimea."

Armenia and Belarus intend to block the final declaration of the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, if it contains the phrase "annexation of Crimea", Reuters writes referring to a European diplomat involved in negotiating over the text of the document, Joinfo.ua reports.

He noted that the talks in Brussels, where the issue of the final declaration was raised, were "not easy."

He said that Armenia and Belarus had refused to sign any text about "annexation of Crimea." According to him, EU diplomats were to develop a compromise text. He believes that the success of the summit will determine how leaders will formulate the details of this statement and how "it will be read by Moscow."

In the final document the European Union will condemn Russia of the annexation of Crimea. Also, it will refer to the position of all the other countries participating in the summit expressed during the vote in the UN in March 2014. Back then, Reuters reminds, Armenia and Belarus supported Moscow's position.

The Eastern Partnership summit opens in Riga today. It will be attended by representatives of the EU and the six countries of the former Soviet Union: Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus.

Tomorrow, after the summit, there should be adopted a final joint communique. Already today, the participants will discuss the draft of this document.