ArmInfo.The statement of President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia Alen Simonyan on the participation of the Russian side in the process of normalizing Armenian- Azerbaijani relations should be assessed as Yerevan's recognition of Russia as its ally. Meanwhile, the statements made by Sergey Lavrov about the European observers in Baku correspond rather to the statements of the mediator, but not of the ally.
This opinion was expressed by an expert on military- political issues, political scientist Armine Margaryan.
Earlier, the NA Speaker, commenting on the statements made in Baku by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, told journalists that Russia still retains its important role in the Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations. The speaker considered unnecessary the nervous reaction from Moscow, which happens when the other side tries to do something positive. "The whole point is that the party that could solve the problem in accordance with bilateral agreements is Russia, it is Moscow that is the guarantor of ensuring the territorial integrity and security of our state, and despite the fact that the 102nd Russian military base is deployed in Armenia, in this background the question arises: where are you, why are you not active? If you cannot, then you should openly declare it, maybe we will sit down at the negotiating table and find a way out of the situation together," the RA NA President concluded.
Margaryan noted that a verbal skirmish between the Armenian and Russian sides at the highest level carries risks and is quite dangerous for the future of Armenian-Russian interstate relations. According to her, this indicates the inefficiency of the work carried out through the working channels.
Nevertheless, according to Margaryan, Yerevan, based on international obligations that were concluded on a bilateral and multilateral basis, including within the framework of the CSTO, considers Moscow as its ally. , the expert said. She added that in the classical sense, mediation involves completely different functions, including impartiality. But in this case, one cannot even dream of impartiality, since once again we are talking about a mediator who has his own, specific, national interests in the region, some of which may coincide with the interests of Armenia, and others with the interests of Azerbaijan.
"Consequently, when promoting its interests, Moscow will rely not on the interests of Yerevan or Baku, or on the campaigns of Armenia and Azerbaijan, but on its own approaches, which can lead to problems," the expert said. Margaryan pointed out the importance of getting rid of dependence on one power center for Yerevan, and creating the necessary conditions for diversifying its foreign policy course.
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