ArmInfo.Social Organization on Integration and Development together with Eurasian Expert Club had done a survey regarding Russian-Armenian relations and perspectives of their development.
As Aram Safaryan, the coordinator of Eurasian Expert Club and Head of the Organization Integration and Development stated during the press-conference, during implementation of the survey the experts were held on the data of various social surveys, economic analyses, monitoring of social media, as well as the interview.
As a result of the survey, as Safaryan noted, it became clear that 70% of the population in Armenia support current course of Armenia authorities in further development of alliance relations with Russia and the policy led by President of Russia Vladimir Putin. 80% of Armenian population ties their hopes with the economic development of the country with Russia. 90% of the population of Armenia preconditions the economic development with the actions of the government in face of Prime-Minister of Armenia Karen Karapetyan, who is considered as a reliable and professional partner in Russia. In Safaryan's opinion, corresponding intentions of Armenian public are based on the Armenian community of 2 mln people in Russia, high index of trade migration from Armenia into Russia and intense economic integration of two countries.
Expert noted also that various contacts with European officials witness the fact that West has also noticed the intolerance of Armenian-Russian collaborative partnership, as in current fundamentals Russia is that very influential center in the region, which could affect positively on providing safety and economic development in Armenia. "Collision of interests "of two different geopolitical centers of influence in Armenia will cause harmful damage," the expert pointed out.
Based on the results of the carried inquiry Safaryan stated that the main forces leading the policy of further development of Armenian-Russian collaboration in Armenia are the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, Tsaroukyan bloc with its leader Gagik Tsaroukyan and Armenian National Congress with its leader, First President of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan. "By the way, first two political forces closely collaborate with the Party of Yedinaya Rossia(United Russia). Taking into consideration the current realities, our analyses show that the chances to win in the Armenian Parliament have exactly those forces that lead the developing policy of Armenian-Russian relations," Safaryan stated.
As for the weapon sales to Azerbaijan by Russia, Safaryan reported that he understands that Yerevan is worried about it, at the same time with the signs of arguments with Moscow telling that in case of refuse of Russia to sale weaponry to Baku, it will be done by any t third country. "However, I have to state one thing-in the issue of Artsakh and Armenia security we have to rely only on our own forces. And all the attempts to destroy good relations with the partners will never lead to good results," the expert summarized.