On 12 April 2017, Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandyan attended the meeting of the EU Eastern Partnership and the Visegrad Group in Warsaw, Poland. The Minister stressed the importance of the Eastern Partnership and Armenia`s relations with the EU. He spoke of the importance of interconnectivity on the European continent and began discussions on visa liberalisation, welcomed the decision to extend trans-European transport networks to The Eastern Partnership countries and welcomed Armenia`s progress in joining the common European airspace. He also thanked the EU and the European Investment Bank for financing the construction of modern motorways and border crossing points with neighbouring Georgia. The Minister said that Armenia was a country ready to bring together the EU, the Eastern Partnership countries and the members of the Eurasian Union to promote economic growth and development.  The agreement between the Republic of Armenia and the European Union to facilitate the issuance of visas was signed on 17 December 2012 and the agreement between the Republic of Armenia and the European Union on the readmission of irregularly residents was signed on 19 April 2013. Both came into force on January 1, 2014. On 10 April 2018, the former Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister confirmed that the EU would soon make available to Armenia an action programme for the opening of a dialogue on visa liberalisation. The Minister also stated that Armenia had already implemented the preconditions for a dialogue on visa liberalisation.  Indeed, one possible solution to this dilemma is to divide the Council`s decision into two parts: one with a major or main component of the CFSP; others with a primary or overriding purpose of the TFUE.
The practice of dividing a legislative act into two separate decisions is hardly new and has been used in agreements that contain elements of JAI (justice and home affairs). The opening of a separate procedure will ensure the absence of affect between the CFSP and the non-CFSP and will preserve the special status of the CFSP in the EU legal order. On the other hand, it will further strengthen EU foreign policy procedures. This case could be an opportunity for the Court of Justice to set the tone for the future practice of EU external action and to clarify the point of intersection that is not yet clear between the priority test and the non-assignment clause of Article 40 of the EU. A new political alliance in Armenia, comprising several pro-Western parties, had opposed further integration into the Eurasian Union and pledged to seek a free trade agreement with the European Union in the 2017 Armenian parliamentary elections.  After the 2017 elections, Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for the European External Action Service, said that the EU was committed to a stable, democratic and prosperous future for Armenia and that the EU would continue to strengthen political dialogue and support economic and social reforms in Armenia.  Meanwhile, Armenian President Sersh Sargsian said that Armenia was trying, in an election speech, to establish closer relations with Russia and the EU.