ArmInfo. There has not been a serious collapse in Armenian- Russian relations in recent years. This opinion on June 21 at a press conference in Yerevan was expressed by leading researcher at the Center for Euro-Atlantic Security at the Institute of International Studies at Moscow State Institute for International Relations, Sergey Markedonov.
According to him, despite the artificial aggravation of the situation, including from the side of feyknyuz, there is nothing glaring or critical in relations between the two countries. According to him, of course, there are friction between the allies from time to time, there is nothing extraordinary in this, the main thing is to arrest any misunderstandings and disagreements
In all fairness, Markedonov pointed out that the current Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, despite the fact that he repeatedly called for withdrawal from the CSTO and the Eurasian Economic Union when he was an oppositionist, did not come up with such proposals after coming to power. "And despite the serious pressure from the United States, Armenia's foreign policy vector has not changed. I would also like to note that before Armenia, there was no movement towards NATO, as in Georgia or Ukraine, for example," the Russian political scientist said while pointing out the existence of problems of perception between the two countries, as well as the problematic geographical location of Armenia, which dictates its nuances.
The expert also assured that not everyone likes the Russian presence in the South Caucasus. Speaking about the personality of Pashinyan, Markedonov stated that Moscow will work with any person the Armenian people chooses, but the main thing here is that there should not be any negative attitude towards Russia. The political scientist also disagreed with the predictions about Pashinyan's immediate resignation. According to him, Pashinyan came for a long time, and he has serious political ambitions.
Markedonov also touched upon the situation in Armenia after the Russian ambassador to Armenia visited the second president, Robert Kocharyan, who is under investigation, expressing bewilderment about the negative reaction that had arisen in the society. "We are accused of interfering in internal affairs, although I do not understand what kind of interference is being discussed. We cannot but be interested in what happens to our allies, because we are allies. I also see no problems with the fact that meeting: Why Russia cannot interact with the entire political spectrum in Armenia, especially since we are often reproached precisely because we did not interact with everyone, like the West, for example, "the Russian expert said.
At the same time, a political scientist does not consider it right to prosecute one person for systemic problems. As an example, he cited the situation that developed in the union in the early 1990s, when Leonid Brezhnev's son-in-law Yuri Churbanov was wanted to be held accountable for the gaps of the "stagnation" period only because he was Brezhnev's son-in-law. "I believe that such problems need long- term and complex treatment, and not hard surgical intervention," he said, expressing the conviction that the situation with Kocharyan has political overtones.
He also believes that the reform of the judicial system should be carried out deliberately and slowly, not relying on the help of international structures that will not do this for free.