President Ilham Aliyev attended EU Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels UPDATED


"The EaP has never been related to whom the next member state will be", Ratas said upon his arrival at the EU's Eastern Partnership summit, responding to ERR's question whether Estonia supports Ukraine becoming a member of the European Union someday.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Prime Minister of Estonia, which holds the presidency of the Council of the EU, Juri Ratas greeted President Ilham Aliyev.

In his words, the Eastern Partnership program is not a way to keep the six countries away from Russia's influence.

President Ilham Aliyev addressed the plenary session.

Sweden is believed to be one of the key forces behind the creation of the Eastern Partnership Initiative in 2009.

"They reaffirm their shared commitment to this strategic and ambitious Partnership. which brings the Eastern European partner countries closer to the European Union", said the declaration.

The EU is trying to walk a fine line between deepening cooperation with countries in the so-called Eastern Partnership, while emphasizing that the framework is meant to be non-confrontational towards Russian Federation, which might see these efforts as encroaching on its power over the region.

After the plenary session, the participants posed for photographs. "It is totally obvious that a larger volume of free trade and contacts between countries ensures a higher level of security and confidence", explained the Swedish head of government.

President Ilham Aliyev completed his working visit to Brussels.