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 Monday, August 7 2017 17:06
David Stepanyan

Analyst: Israeli minister`s visit to Armenia is a clarification of  positions and invitation to dialogue on economic and security issues

Analyst: Israeli minister`s visit to Armenia is a clarification of  positions and invitation to dialogue on economic and security issues

ArmInfo. Visit of the Minister of Regional Cooperation of Israel Tsakhi Anegbi to Armenia - clarification of positions, perhaps an invitation to a systemic  dialogue on economic and security issues. This opinion was voiced by  the Russian analyst, expert in the South Caucasus Sergey Markedonov.

On July 25-27, the Minister of Regional Cooperation of Israel Tsakhi  Anegbi visited Yerevan at the invitation of Armenian Foreign Minister  Edward Nalbandian. Anegbi met with Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan,  Speaker of Parliament Ara Babloyan, a number of ministers.  Negotiations with Nalbandyan resulted in Anegbi's statement "about a  new breakthrough in the relations between Israel and Armenia," the  practical direction of work to make friendship mutually beneficial.

However, Markedonov believes that agreeing with Anegbi's thesis about  a breakthrough in Israel's relations with Armenia is rather  difficult, assessing the visit with restraint and without overstating  expectations.  Especially considering the sensitive issue for Yerevan  of arms supplies to Baku, which Anegbi went around tactfully,  referring to Israel's readiness to sell weapons to everyone,  including Armenia.

The analyst is convinced that even the most pragmatic reasons at the  heart of the Armenian-Iranian partnership is not preferable for  Israel, like the military-technical cooperation between Yerevan and  Tel Aviv for Baku. However, in any case, the Caucasian and Middle  Eastern countries are striving to build a nuanced policy. Both sides  try to eliminate problematic centers, trying to refrain from tight  binding to a partner, creating a positive reserve for growth.

"All this applies not only to the rest between Iran and Israel, on  which Armenia stands. We should note Armenia's participation in NATO  exercises "Noble partner-2017 ", the preparation of a framework  agreement with the EU. The aspiration of Armenia to insure itself, to  lay eggs in different baskets, is caused by instability , the  volatility of the outside world, which clearly does not show a trend  towards greater security, and today, not only small countries like  Armenia demonstrate this line," the analyst concluded. 

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