ArmInfo. If last time changes to the Constitution of the Russian Federation were made by decision of the relevant registry, subsequently approved by the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, this time Moscow decided to bring democratic legitimacy to the process, Director of the Armenian branch of the Institute of CIS countries, political analyst Alexander Markarov, expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
According to the results of the constitutional referendum held in the Russian Federation, 78% of Russians approved the draft amendments to the country's Constitution. The latter, among other things, provide for the nullification of the term of the current president of Vladimir Putin, giving him the opportunity to be elected president until 2036.
"A way was found to legitimize and bring to life those changes that were considered important by the political class and the leadership of Russia. First of all, based on the domestic and foreign political point of view. At the same time, the inviolability of the borders of the Russian Federation and the higher role of Russian legislation were taken into account compared with international documents, "he stressed.
Markarov is not inclined to determine the possible changes in the Armenian-Russian relations with the provisions of the Constitution of the Russian Federation. According to him, relations between Moscow and Yerevan are determined by the wider international context and the content of the bilateral agenda. In this sense, in the absence of changes in the interests and perception of these interests by each of the two parties, the relations will remain at the current level.
Proceeding from the level of existing official rhetoric, from the symbolic participation of the Armenian military in the latest Victory Parade in Moscow, Markarov emphasized that at this stage the Armenian- Russian relations are considered as strategic-allied. At the same time, both sides periodically voice issues related to common problems at the regional level. Bilateral issues are also raised, for example, gas pricing. Nevertheless, in his opinion, all these issues do not reach critical mass, that could affect the quality of relations.
"As for Putin specifically, I'm inclined to consider changes to the Constitution of the Russian Federation in a much broader context than simply nullifying his presidency. In the end, this is just one amendment out of dozens. Moreover, the political history in different countries always has different, often quite unexpected, reversals.
In this light, often what is done in the interests of one person turns out to be completely different in practical life. There is one vivid example. Changing the Constitution in Georgia for himself, Mikheil Saakashvili suggested that this would allow him to freely move from the presidential chair to the prime minister's chair. However, Georgian voters preferred the "Georgian Dream" to him. Of course, I do not compare that situation in Georgia with the current situation in Russia. But the latest constitutional changes in Russia give logical possibilities to everyone, and not just to Putin, " Markarov concluded.