ArmInfo. The interests of Russia and Armenia in the South Caucasus today directly coincide. But many people simply do not fully realize this. Chairman of the Board of the Yerevan-based Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC Stepan Grigoryan) expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo, commenting on the statement of Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on the Armenian-Russian relations made in an interview with RBC.
"In this light, I assess the statement of the Armenian Prime Minister that "Moscow should understand that Russia's ally in Armenia is not Pashinyan, Sargsyan or Petrosyan, but the Armenian people" as very important and timely, especially today, when Turkey by hook or by crook is trying to squeeze into Caucasian affairs. Of course, in order to further destabilize the situation, "he stressed.
According to the political scientist, it is well known that the interests of Armenia and Russia of a strategic nature coincide. And those interests that do not coincide, according to his estimates, are exclusively tactical, not strategic. In strategic terms, the interests of Yerevan and Moscow dictate the preservation and strengthening of stability in the South Caucasus. Armenia's vital interests dictate its motivation in the stability of the region while for Russia the presence of the North Caucasus in its composition is also of vital interest.
In this light, the main thing, according to Grigoryan, in relations between Moscow and Yerevan is not the degree of warmth of relations between Pashinyan and Putin, but precisely the coincidence of the strategic interests of the two countries. The latter, in his opinion, allows for the absence of personal friendly relations between the two leaders and allows, at the same time, to perfectly develop partnership relations.
"It is for this reason that just a couple of days ago, the Russian president, in a telephone conversation with Erdogan, warned him about the possible consequences of Turkey's participation in Azerbaijan's aggressive actions. This, of course, is not about unleashing a war with Armenia by Turkey. The Turks simply could suggest the idea to Azerbaijan, this time from the territory of Nakhichevan. However, even this will not happen, since such a scenario is not in the interests of Russia to the same extent as it is not in the interests of Armenia, "the political scientist summed up.