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 Wednesday, February 24 2021 11:26
David Stepanyan

Expert: The emergence of Iran in the EAEU in the interests of Armenia

Expert: The emergence of Iran in the EAEU in the interests of Armenia

ArmInfo.Taking into account the fact that the statement of the representative of the reformist wing Hassan Rouhani followed the statement of the representative of the  conservatives, the speaker of the Iranian parliament Mohammad Bagher  Galibaf, it seems possible to state that Iran is extremely serious   about the prospect of membership in the EAEU.

A similar opinion was  expressed to ArmInfo by the Iranianist Vardan Voskanyan, commenting  on the intention voiced by Iranian President Rouhani to ensure the   permanent presence of his country in the EAEU.

“The EAEU's going beyond the borders of the post-Soviet space will   make us witnesses of rather curious geopolitical transformations.   Taking into account the fact that Armenia is the only country that   does not have a border with the rest of the EAEU countries and has a  border with Iran, the appearance of Iran in the EAEU is definitely  beneficial for Armenia. The Armenian-Iranian border will become the   border of the EAEU, and our countries will find themselves within  the framework of a single economic zone, "he stressed.

The latter, according to the Iranian expert, will open wide  opportunities for Armenia to enter the Iranian market. Iran, in turn,  according to its estimates, considers Armenia as an important  platform for work with the EAEU. And if Iran's membership becomes a   reality, Yerevan, if it works correctly, will become a link between   Iran and Russia.

Commenting on the prospects for joining the EAEU and Azerbaijan,  especially after summing up the results of the 44-day war, Voskanyan  stressed that at least at the level of state propaganda in the media,  Moscow is already putting some pressure on Baku for this purpose. At  the same time, the prospects of this process, in his opinion, look  rather vague. First of all, due to the unwillingness of the  Azerbaijani dictator to further limit his own power.

In this light, the Iranian scholar also noted the presence of the  Turkish factor, stressing the discrepancy between the appearance of  Azerbaijan in the EAEU and the interests of Ankara. In this light,  Voskanyan stressed the contradictory nature of Azerbaijan's  membership in the same integration union with Armenia and Russia with  the Azerbaijani plans of Turkey.

"Thus, the contradictions between Moscow's plans and Ankara's plans   are evident here. And given that Baku has no plans for Eurasian   integration at the moment, all this may deepen the conceptual  contradictions between Moscow and the Ankara-Baku tandem. Which is  undoubtedly in our interests and may well be used to promote  Yerevan's own agenda, "the Iranian scholar summed up.


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