ArmInfo. The visit of the Russian Foreign and Defense Ministers to Yerevan was another manifestation of Moscow's desire to bring the implementation of the November 9 Statement to a victorious end. A similar opinion was expressed to ArmInfo by a member of the political council of the initiative "For the sake of the republic", political scientist Robert Ghevondyan. "The very fact of this desire, the fact that Moscow is interested in its implementation, in preventing its violation, suggests that it is Russia that is its main beneficiary. We also see various manifestations of concern with this document on the part of the other co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. There is such concern in the Armenian society as well, "he stressed.
In this light, the political scientist noted the actual appearance of a second Russian military base in the region. In his opinion, this is extremely important for Moscow. Especially considering that the base is located on the territory that Azerbaijan considers its own. This factor is clearly part of Russia's strategy to protect its own interests in the South Caucasus.
In this light, the political scientist singled out two main theses of the last interview of Vladimir Putin. According to him, by demonstrating unconditional support for the current authorities of Armenia, the Russian president made it clear the vital importance for Russia of keeping Nikol Pashinyan in power. The latter is due to the signature of the Armenian Prime Minister under the Statement of November 9. Such interest once again speaks of the unconditional compliance of the document's content with Russia's interests.
"The second point is that Putin's similar approach to the Artsakh problem demonstrates the first shoots of the geopolitical course taken by Moscow in the South Caucasus. Prior to that, a similar policy was demonstrated in Central Asia, Ukraine and Belarus. And in Armenia it first appeared after the country's unexpected membership in the Customs Union. And today we see its continuation in the region, in particular, in Azerbaijan, "the political scientist concluded.