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Armenia Set To Receive Non-Lethal Aid From European Peace Facility for the First Time

Armenia Set To Receive Non-Lethal Aid From European Peace Facility for the First Time

Armenia is set to receive non-lethal assistance from the European Peace Facility (EPF) for the first time, according to a diplomatic document obtained by RFE/RL's Armenian Service.

The document reveals a preliminary agreement reached in Brussels, outlining plans for the allocation of 10 million euros (approximately $10.6 million) to Armenia as part of a 30-month assistance measure. The funds are earmarked for the establishment of a mobile field camp capability for a battalion-size unit, including a medical treatment facility and relevant services and facilities.

"The objective of the assistance measure is to contribute to strengthening the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia’s capabilities to enhance national security, stability, and resilience in the defense sector," the document states.

Moreover, it aims to bolster Armenia's operational effectiveness, accelerate compliance with Union standards and interoperability, and better protect civilians in crises and emergencies.

The EPF, established in 2021, aims to provide funds for the purchase of non-lethal weapons or capabilities to promote peace, prevent conflict, and strengthen international security worldwide. Previous beneficiaries include countries like Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova, all of which are seeking European Union membership.

While EU membership is not a prerequisite for EPF funding, Armenia submitted an application for assistance in 2023. The French government, notably, advocated for Armenia's inclusion in the EPF during a visit by then-French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna last October.

Peter Stano, lead spokesperson for the EU’s Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, confirmed ongoing discussions regarding possible support to Armenia under the EPF. However, he emphasized that decisions in security policy require unanimity among member states.

It's learned that there is currently an agreement on EPF aid for Armenia, with the draft awaiting final approval in the coming weeks. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's recent meetings with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Brussels focused on enhancing Armenia's resilience and diversifying its economy, with no explicit mention of security assistance in their statements to the press.


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