If there is no Azerbaijani attack this spring, it can be said that the European Union (EU) Mission in Armenia has been successful, believes the head of this mission, Markus Ritter.
Many Armenians are happy for the presence of the EU, Ritter said in an interview with Deutsche Welle (DW).
However, the head of this EU mission hastened to curb expectations, stressing that the EU monitors cannot enter the territory of Azerbaijan, therefore, they cannot record, for example, the movement of Azerbaijani troops preparing for an attack.
"We cannot interfere. We only have binoculars and cameras at our disposal," said Ritter. "Many Armenians believe that there will be a spring attack by Azerbaijan. If it doesn't happen, our mission is already successful."
On February 20, the European Union deployed its mission in Armenia within the framework of the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP). Its purpose is to contribute to the stability, and strengthening of trust and human safety in the border regions of Armenia through its deployment on the Armenian side of the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, and to ensure an environment conducive to efforts to normalize relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan.