Czech FM at Batumi Int’t Conference: ‘freedom of Eastern Partnership allies is freedom of the EU’

Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek said that the Eastern Partnership initiative should add three more goals. Photo: Foreign Ministry press office., 12 Jul 2019 - 11:34, Tbilisi,Georgia

Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek says that the EU realised the need for the Eastern Partnership initiative just 10 months after the Russia-Georgia 2008 war.

Only 10 months after the end of the Russian-Georgian War, we understood that we needed partners in the post-Soviet space and that the freedom of our allies there is directly connected with the freedom of the EU,” Petricek stated during the 16th Batumi International Conference.

He said that in terms of the Eastern Partnership, three additional steps should be taken: strengthening of already achieved milestones, supporting economic and social sustainability in the partner nations and carrying out educational programmes.