Muscat addresses Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels

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Muscat addresses Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels

"The participants stress that the Eastern Partnership aims at building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity, stability and increased cooperation and is not directed against anyone", said a joint declaration released following the Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels, which gathered leaders of the European Union and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

"The fact that some decisions have been made about visas, business cooperation and infrastructure is precisely what Poland wants to see done" in the EU's relations with Eastern Partnership nations, Szydło told reporters.

The EU is expected to sign a partnership deal Armenia.

They also pledge their commitments to 20 deliverables for 2020 in four areas eyeing "stronger governance", "stronger economy", "better connectivity" and "people-to-people contacts".

The final text will also apparently fail to mention the war between Kyiv and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people since April 2014. But despite efforts by Ukraine and other countries, reports suggested the declaration would make no mention of a "European perspective" for these six countries.

Created in 2009, the partnership aims to bring the European Union closer together with the six countries of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU's partnership with the six states was "very important for our own security", without mentioning Russian Federation specifically.

The EaP was launched in 2009 to promote political association and economic integration between the EU and the six Eastern European partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

Then the plenary session of the Eastern Partnership Summit was held.

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