ArmInfo. The Armenian leadership needs to significantly intensify existing contacts with Iran, bearing in mind the fact that the Baku regime is constantly trying to get closer to the latter, primarily because of Aliyev's desire to neutralize the challenges and threats emanating from Iran. Vardan Voskanyan, Head of the Chair of Iranian Studies at YSU Faculty of Oriental Studies expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
"Against such a background, Armenia's inactivity cannot be justified by anything, including the current crisis of state institutions in our country. The reasons for the crisis are understandable, but it is also clear that these reasons will sooner or later go away along with the authorities that initiated them. In this light, it is very important that its successors realize the need to restore and strengthen the country," he said.
In this vein, returning to the policy of Azerbaijan, the Iranian specialist noted the obviousness of its preparation for war, rather than peace. According to his estimates, even today Aliyev is using any opportunity for a war, the final goal of which is the de-Armenization and absorption of Artsakh and the ripping off territorial pieces from Armenia. And thjis implies the immediate restoration of Armenia's security system. Meanwhile, it is precisely the military-political relations with Iran that are part of it. A clear confirmation of this is Tehran's repeated confirmations of the territorial integrity of Armenia. According to Voskanyan, all programs, actions and steps of Armenia should be based on the state of war in which the country is. From the fact that there is no end to the pressures and creeping aggression of the neighboring dictatorial state and will not be seen, at least until a worthy rebuff from the Armenian side. It is necessary to start forging at least now, if this has not been done a long time ago.
"We understand that Russia still occupies a dominant position in the South Caucasus. Accordingly, the need to deepen Armenia's relations with Iran dictates to our leadership to put aside the provincial nimbleness and to form a trilateral platform for cooperation between Armenia, Iran and the Russian Federation. In other words, it is Armenia that, in turn, can become a place for the deepening of relations between the Russian Federation and Iran, taking into account and trying to compare and harmonize the interests of Tehran and Moscow, rather than trying to play on their contradictions," the Iranologist summed up.