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Political scientist: USA is starting to view Armenia as friendly  partner country

Political scientist: USA is starting to view Armenia as friendly  partner country

ArmInfo.The USA is starting to consider Armenia as a friendly partner country. Political  scientist Armen Hovhannisyan stated from his YouTube page.

According to him, this is evidenced by the recent statement of   Assistant Secretary of the US State Department for European and  Eurasian Affairs , James O'Brien, from whose speeches one can  conclude that the United States views Armenia as a friendly partner  country rather than as an ally. Based on this, Washington will do  everything possible to reduce Yerevan's dependence on Moscow, and  will also eliminate all possible risks for Armenia from the  Turkish-Azerbaijani tandem.

"The United States believes that it was as a result of the use of  force by Azerbaijan that the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh  was forced to leave their places of residence, perceiving this as  unacceptable actions. Thus, Baku must create conditions so that  Armenians can live peacefully in their homeland. Baku must withdraw  its troops from this region so that the UN and EU missions can safely  carry out their observation missions without the participation of  Azerbaijani and Russian troops," the political scientist said.

He pointed to O'Brien's remarks that Russian peacekeeping forces in  Karabakh have failed and should be replaced by alternative forces in  the form of the United States or a united West by 2025 at the latest.

Hovannisyan recalled that US-Azerbaijani relations are frozen because  Azerbaijan does not behave in accordance with the visions of the US  and the West.

The political scientist emphasized that Armenia's reorientation  towards Europe is welcomed by Washington. Moreover, Washington wants  to form a trilateral US-Armenia-EU format, which will accelerate  Yerevan's movement in this direction. The West is ready to neutralize  all economic, political, diplomatic and even military risks that may  arise from Russia, including energy and food. The United States will  help Armenia reform its agricultural industry and provide the  necessary assistance to avoid famine in the early years of the  transition period.

Moreover, the United States views the establishment of a corridor to  Nakhichevan through Iranian territory as posing a threat. They also  consider Yerevan's cooperation with Tehran and Moscow problematic,  and Washington will do everything to ensure that Armenia does not  need that cooperation.

Earlier, James O'Brien stated, that it is necessary to find a  replacement for the Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno Karabakh.  "Currently, Russian troops are present there, this is their first  term, according to the 2020 ceasefire statement. If there is an  alternative for these countries [Armenia and Azerbaijan] there will  be no need for the participation of Russian peacekeepers anymore.  They have already failed in their task as peacekeepers," the diplomat  assured, adding that it is necessary for the Russian peacekeepers to  leave after the expiration of the five-year period - in a year and a  half. According to the Assistant Secretary of State, the United  States is ready to offer an alternative to Russian peacekeepers. "The  best approach is to provide both countries with an alternative - to  work with us and with the West," he said, noting that the United  States and the European Union want Armenia's rapprochement with its  transatlantic allies and are developing a scheme to ensure it. 

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