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Moldova And Georgia: Surprise And Anger about EU Foreign Policy

Posted by Info on 07/06/2010

An assistant to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton told EU ambassadors on May 28 that she was looking to eliminate the EU’s special representatives to Moldova and the South Caucasus.

Such a move would significantly downgrade the EU’s presence on the ground in two regions seen as politically unstable and vulnerable to creeping Russian influence.
Instead, officials from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Belarus were assured that the EU’s eastern neighbors remain “main priorities” for the European Union.
It was with a mix of surprise and anger when those countries learned May 31 that the EU is looking to abolish two of its key posts in the region. Such a move could be advantageous to Moscow, which has been accused of using regional rivalries to destabilize the strategically important area.

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