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Russia is on the verge of losing one of its two remaining allies -  Diplomat

Russia is on the verge of losing one of its two remaining allies -  Diplomat

ArmInfo. Russia is on the verge of losing one of its two remaining allies, Armenia.  And if we do not save Armenia as an ally, then the prospect of Russia's foreign policy will be very gloomy and it is possible that this will lead to the formation of a  second front against us in the Caucasus.  

Nikolai Platoshkin, a well-known political scientist in Russia, a retired diplomat, head of the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy at the Moscow  University for the Humanities, expressed this opinion yeseday.

Platoshkin criticized the Russian Foreign Ministry, which, according  to him, when asked by Armenia about the reasons for not obstructing  the blockade of the Lachin corridor, "did not find anything better  than to engage in a public squabble with its ally." <Turkey,  Azerbaijan and Israel are doing everything to humiliate Russia. And  now, taking advantage of this, the Western countries say to Armenia:  "What is the use of your allies. They will not help, come to us, we  will help, if anything>,  Platoshkin said.

According to him, one should understand that if Armenia goes to the  West, then an anti-Russian front will be established in the South  Caucasus, and then, perhaps, the West will have an idea to resume the  1990s in the North Caucasus. And then no one will interfere with  this, because Armenia will be defeated and transferred to the western  camp. " Not to mention that our troops will be thrown out of the  Caucasus in disgrace," the politician warned.

The political scientist does not believe that Russia does not have  levers of influence on the "presumptuous" Erdogan and Aliyev. And the  point is not for Russia to open its second front in the South  Caucasus, but to prevent the opening of a second front against  itself. According to the diplomat, "a politician thinks about the  next elections, while a statesman is obliged to think about the next  generation", so the so-called "pragmatism" of Russian politicians  regarding the situation in the South Caucasus is not appropriate and  dangerous.

Now, according to his conviction, it turns out that Russia is leaving  Armenia, which, in fact, is the case. As a result of such a line, for  the first time in the history of post-Soviet relations, Armenia  refused to conduct CSTO military exercises on its territory and did  so quietly, without ultimatums, and this happens despite the fact  that Armenia, unlike Russia, has always been faithful to its alliance  obligations both within the framework of bilateral relations and the  CSTO.  

The diplomat subjected to pejorative criticism those who today  view relations between Russia and Armenia through the prism of Nikol  Pashinyan's personality, those who took the path of revenge for the  fact that Pashinyan overthrew the regime, which was considered a  "friend of the Kremlin". <Well, you can't be that short-sighted. To  Hell with Him, Pashinyan. People like Pashinyan come and go. Now  millions of Armenians are looking at Russia and thinking: <if the  Russians sell us now, then what will we do with them later?>, the  diplomat noted, stressing that <the most important thing here is that  Armenia was the only country where all parties no matter how they  quarreled over domestic politics, advocated close allied relations  with Russia and not at the level of empty chatter, but in fact,  always supporting Russia in all its undertakings.  Platoshkin also  noted the most important factor for Russia in the presence of a large  and influential global Armenian Diaspora. <Millions of Armenians live  here, and not only those who have come here in recent years, but  those who have lived here for centuries, historically, in the same  Krasnodar Territory for 30 years. The Armenian Diaspora is extremely  influential in many countries of the world, including the USA, and  Armenia, understanding Russia's role for the Armenian state, has  always remained loyal to it. "Now the Diaspora will be on the side of  those who extend a helping hand to Armenia. And this, apparently, is  not the Russian Federation," the diplomat concluded.

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