ArmInfo.Even after the "velvet revolution" in Armenia, relations between the republic and the United States remain in a stagnant state, foreign policy specialist, Senior Associate Fellow at the Insitute for Statecraft at Leicester Eduard Abrahamyan expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
It should be noted that, according to the press service of the President of Armenia, today on October 8, Eduard Abrahamyan was appointed new assistant to the President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian.
"The visits of the US President's National Security Advisor, John Bolton, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent to Yerevan, raised these relations to the level of "strategic dialogue. "However, at the same time, because of the participation of the Armenian Armed Forces in the humanitarian mission in Syria, the contacts with the United States have reached a historical law. And this is happening against the backdrop of the development of cooperation between the United States and other countries of the South Caucasus," he said.
According to the analyst, Nikol Pashinyan's government continues the course set by the predecessors on servicing the international agenda of Russia. And this significantly limits Yerevan's opportunities for making sovereign decisions, increasing its sensitivity to Kremlin's influence and leaving little room for a sober and critical assessment of dynamics of regional and global politics. As a result new Armenia in its external policy is still focused on promotion of the EAEU project, rather than on changing the imperatives of national policy.
According to Abrahamyan, the American voyage in July by Ararat Mirzoyan ,the Speaker of the Parliament of Armenia, added ambiguity in the relations between the two countries. The Armenian delegation, which arrived in Washington without a portfolio of proposals to intensify relations, expressed disappointment that Washington did not appreciate the importance of building democratic institutions in Armenia and did not realize that Armenia needs to develop relations with Iran.
According to the analyst, the situation is aggravated by a misunderstanding of the situation caused by insufficient experience of some senior representatives of the post-revolutionary elite in Armenia. The terminology and arguments of the latter indicate a poor understanding of Washington's regional intentions and global strategy. One gets the impression that the Armenian Foreign Ministry has not made enough efforts to inform other representatives of the government or parliament about real problems in cooperation with the United States.
According to Abrahamyan, meanwhile, instead of complaining about Washington's indifference to Armenia's internal political achievements, Yerevan should strive to give substance to the "strategic dialogue" with the US, thereby increasing the importance of Armenia for the Trump administration. Yerevan may well take steps to mitigate the consequences of a number of its own actions taken as a result of misunderstandings in 2019. One of such steps, according to Abrahamyan, would be the withdrawal of the Armenian military from the territory of Syria, which will be a key step on the way to returning relations with Washington in a positive direction. At the same time, in order to mitigate the reaction of Moscow, Yerevan may promise to refuse to participate in other peacekeeping missions. According to the analyst, the constructive participation of Yerevan in the dialogue on European energy security will also significantly contribute to improving relations with the United States. Armenia should strive to become the most important security guarantor of a vital energy infrastructure, and not a potential threat, regardless of the conflict with Azerbaijan. Armenia may also offer the United States its own logistics infrastructure aimed at increasing the West-East communications potential.
"It is clear that the realization of all these prospects will require strong political will, professional, diplomatic and political skills from the Armenian leadership. As soon as the Pashinyan's government realizes the possibility of deepening ties with the United States in accordance with its own strategic choice, developing a clear concept of relations with the United States and Russia will become a necessity on the basis of clear red lines drawn by Yerevan. Armenia should strive to change relations with the United States, turning from an applicant to an American help to a regional provider of network security, able to take on the corresponding functions "Abrahamyan concluded.