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Expert: It is important for Armenia to create necessary conditions  for diversifying its foreign policy course

Expert: It is important for Armenia to create necessary conditions  for diversifying its foreign policy course

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.

, the expert emphasized. 

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