ArmInfo.Yerevan's cooperation with NATO causes nervous questions in Moscow, Editor-in-Chief of "Russia in Global Affairs" magazine, political analyst Fyodor Lukyanov has told ArmInfo.
"The thing is that Russia keeps taking a negative view of NATO. It is impossible to change anything, given the decades of NATO-Soviet Union confrontation. The cold war ended in disappearance of both the structures and the Soviet Union itself. The same cannot be said about NATO," Lukyanov says.
The analyst thinks that despite the rhetoric of the 1990s, NATO existed and exists to restrain Russia. The Alliance has no new global tasks or directives, he notes.
Therefore, he thinks, Russia is quite nervous about Armenia's cooperation with NATO. Any partners establishing relations with NATO cause questions in Moscow.
"Nevertheless, I think such concerns of Russia are excessive. I think we should take such relations easier, first of all because the matter does not concern accession of these countries to NATO. At the same time, Armenia should also realize that NATO is a deep and rather painful topic for Russia," the analyst says.