ArmInfo. The intention of the Russian Foreign Ministry to compile a "list of hostile states" naturally makes the following question actual for Armenia - who, after all, are our enemies and who are our friends? An expert of the Armenian Institute of International and Security Affairs Ruben Mehrabyan expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
"The answers to this question are numerous, contradictory, seasoned with conspiracy theories and quite understandable emotions. Meanwhile, in reality, a lot in the future of Armenian statehood depends precisely on cutting off emotionality and connecting verified justifications when looking for an answer to this question. For example, in the Russian "list of hostile states" there are: the USA, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic and Great Britain. Meanwhile, there are no Armenia's enemies among them. Moreover, we have excellent relations with many of them, "he stressed. Mehrabyan also considers the absence of Armenia's enemies in the person of Azerbaijan and Turkey in the list of "enemies of Russia" notable. At the same time, the expert stressed that Yerevan clearly should not be offended by Moscow for this, since in politics everyone plays for its own interests. Accordingly, instead of incomprehensible and inappropriate in this case grievances and even accusations of "betrayal", Armenia needs to draw a conclusion independently on its friends and enemies, based exclusively on its own interests.
Against this background, Mehrabyan notes that the authoritarian dictatorships, which have already turned into a real evil for their own peoples, distort the foreign policy of their countries, putting it at the service of the interests of their own reproduction. And accordingly, they often build a foreign policy that, in fact, has nothing to do with the real interests of a given country. The natural result of which is aggression, neo- imperial doctrines and the desire to place their own country under the roof of outsiders in exchange for their own inviolability.
In such geopolitical realities, small countries like Armenia, according to the expert, failing to solve the problem of ensuring their own security, are also perceived as a "friend" of one such country, and also an enemy of another. And what is even worse, for various reasons, they often lose the opportunity to choose friends and even enemies on their own.
"Having declared after the 44-day war that" Russia is our friend, but Azerbaijan and Turkey are not its enemies, "Prime Minister Pashinyan stated the fact. But the whole real situation emerges only after adding to this fact the incomparably greater value for Moscow of relations with Baku and Ankara than with Yerevan. Moreover, the value of relations with Armenia for the Russian Federation is derived from the value of relations with Azerbaijan and Turkey. All this causes relevant consequences for us, not us much pleasant, but objective ones, "he stressed.
According to Mehrabyan, it is fundamentally wrong to be offended by Moscow for this, all the more to accuse it of treason. Instead of all this idle talk, Yerevan, in his opinion, simply needs to start, finally, to come to conclusions and understand that the enemies of Armenia, those who consider Armenia as an enemy, are not enemies of Russia.
"In the end, the statement of fact is neither an accusation nor a claim. However, another inevitable and quite natural question arises here - are those whom Russia considers its enemies such for Armenia? Is the collective West an enemy for Armenia? it is necessary to state one more fact - the West, of course, is not our enemy. For a very simple reason - due to the complete absence of any hostile actions towards Armenia. And this must also be stated as a fact without offense and, moreover, accusations of betrayal ", Mehrabyan summed up.