ArmInfo. In the light of global processes in world politics, cooperation with Russia in the field of security is gaining even greater significance and obvious lack of alternative for Armenia.
This opinion was expressed in an interview with Sputnik Armenia by the second President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan, who is in custody, analyzing new stages in world politics. The second president of Armenia stated that today we are witnessing fundamental changes in world politics, when the indisputable leadership of the USA is effectively called into question by new rising global players.
According to him, a world leader who has exhausted the resource of dominance, but does not want to give up his positions, is trying unsuccessfully to prevent the growth of power and influence of growing opponents. In this context, he stated that such processes are known to history, well studied by experts and are always accompanied by uncertainty, instability, and often also large and small wars. "The US trade war with China, the contrived series of sanctions against Russia, the US withdrawing from the treaty on medium-range missiles, the US detachment in the development of the Middle East drama, the unexpected rapprochement of Russia and Turkey on Syria, the impressive Russia-Africa forum is far from complete a list of convincing signs of the formation of a new multipolar world order. The current situation requires deep understanding and a well-defined foreign policy that can neutralize new challenges and threats for Armenia and Karabakh. Chiva reality of world politics, to be reckoned with all "- says Kocharyan.
At the same time, the second president of Armenia is convinced that this reality already directly affects security in our region. According to him, total A few years ago, the United States and the European Union were the main allies and simultaneously constraining factors for Turkey. "However, the shouts of Washington and Brussels had zero effect on Turkey when troops were sent to Syria. A warning letter from US President Donald Trump to Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in the trash bin of the Turkish leader. Only the Russian presence in Syria had sufficient potential to stop the Turks. Today is the only deterrent Turkey remains a factor in the region, Russia. The actual role of the countries of the region in regional affairs has become decisive, "the second president of Armenia said. It is also clear, Kocharyan continued, that in recent years relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan have further strengthened, and have become cornerstones in the context of the revived pan-Turkist aspirations, which pose a direct threat to Armenia and Karabakh.
According to him, the recent statement by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev about claims to Zangezur at the summit of Turkic peoples in Baku was by no means accidental. Kocharyan believes that this is a step towards the actualization of the forgotten idea of geographical continuity of the settlement of Turkic peoples. "In this situation, cooperation with Russia in the security sphere becomes even more important and obvious lack of alternative. Only irresponsible or recruited politicians can insist today on the withdrawal of the Russian base from the country. The tragedy with the Kurds in the north of Syria should be a clear lesson from the consequences of political myopia" - said the second president, while wondering if the Armenian authorities really realize the complexity of the processes and the threats emanating from them ? Are they able to find effective ways to neutralize these threats, or at least minimize them? There are no signs of such an understanding, and the reasons for this are much deeper than simply a misunderstanding of geopolitics and a one-dimensional worldview. They are partly hidden in the new political reality for the country, " Kocharyan assured. Touching on the political landscape in Armenia, the second president of Armenia assured that, with the exception of a pair of technocrat ministers without political subjectivity, the government and the core of the parliamentary majority are made up of people fed by American grants .
"Media support to the authorities is provided exclusively by pro-Western media, at the forefront of which is Radio Liberty (Azatutyun). All pro-government parties, politicians and non-governmental organizations have a clearly expressed anti-Russian orientation and, as a rule, are supported by Western funding. They actively support the prime minister. Minister Nikol Pashinyan and a party with a terrorist reputation, aggressively advocating for the immediate withdrawal of the Russian military base from Armenia (meaning the Sasna Tsrer party, founded by the participants of the same name armament of the group, which in the summer of 2016 captured the regiment of the patrol and police forces in Yerevan. - Ed.). In fact, the entire politically active base of support for the prime minister is openly pro-Western. And this is despite the authorities continuing the country's foreign policy and constant reverence for Russia, "the former head of Armenia said. On the other hand, according to Kocharyan, parties and politicians focused on full cooperation with Russia do not support the current government and absolutely do not trust it.
At the same time, he believes that everyone believes that the pro-Western political views of the authorities, faced with dependence on Russian energy sources and the market, are being transformed into mercantile pragmatism. "The picture is really paradoxical, and how long the" geopolitical split "of the ruling elite will last depends on opportunistic circumstances. The entire resource of external trust in the government is spent on clumsy explanations of maneuvers masking the conflict between beliefs and practical actions. As a result, Armenia lives without conceptual development programs in a regime of one-day worries, empty slogans and smeared foreign policy landmarks, " - concluded Kocharyan. Recall that the second president of Armenia is accused of overthrowing the constitutional order in the framework of the criminal case on the dispersal of protests on March 1, 2008. The ex-president of Armenia was arrested twice in 2018. And on June 25 of this year he was arrested for the third time. The court of general jurisdiction of Yerevan, at a meeting on November 7, decided to leave Kocharian under arrest, rejecting the defense's motion to apply the bail as an alternative preventive measure.