ArmInfo. "The new authorities need to voice simple truth in the relations of Armenia with Russia," MP of the National Assembly of Armenia of two convocations, former Soviet political prisoner Azat Arshakyan told ArmInfo.
According to Arshakyan's estimates, the previous authorities of Armenia were unable to voice this truth to Moscow, namely, periodically to put a question whether Russia really is a strategic ally of Armenia? The new authorities of the republic, in Arshakyan's opinion, have all the possibilities for this, in particular, the possibility of choice and greater freedom in actions.
According to Arshakyan, in resolving the Artsakh problem, the new authorities should become equal partners for Moscow colleagues, getting rid of the country's multi-year status as a satellite. "The problem is that Moscow is guided not by the interests of Armenia as a strategic ally, but by obligations with respect to Azerbaijan. Bolshevist Russia, having signed the Moscow Treaty of March 16, 1921, pledged to ensure that Artsakh belongs to Azerbaijan and still adheres to it, without giving up this clause ", he stressed.
Meanwhile, as the former Soviet dissident is convinced, the other two countries - the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - France and the USA - demonstrate their adherence to international logic and estimates of the League of Nations of December 1, 1920, according to which Artsakh is a disputed territory and these assessments Azerbaijan Democratic Republic had also signed. And today it is projected onto the approaches of Russia, France and the United States as co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group towards the settlement of the Artsakh problem. Therefore, according to Arshakyan, Armenia should treat any proposals of the Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with caution. "This, of course, refers to only individual proposals of Moscow, and not the coordinated proposals of all three co-chair countries," Arshakyan stressed. To recall, at present the process of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is still proceeding on the basis of the Madrid Principles put forward by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs in 2007 and the Madrid Principles updated in 2009, among other things, providing for the deployment of peacekeeping forces in the conflict zone.