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 Friday, February 23 2024 09:50
Alexandr Avanesov

Yerevan moving toward withdrawal of Russian troops from Armenia 

Yerevan moving toward withdrawal of Russian troops from Armenia 

ArmInfo. Analyzing the actions of the Armenian authorities, we can conclude that the country  may find itself completely alone in geopolitical terms, Armenian political scientist Beniamin Matevosyan told ArmInfo.

According to him, one cannot help but pay attention to the fact that  the country is consistently, step by step, continuing the process  aimed at the withdrawal of all Russian military structures, starting  from the 102nd military base, and ending with peacekeepers and border  troops.

"Literally a couple of days we witnessed the story of the Azerbaijani  blogger Kamil Zeynalli, accused in Armenia of committing serious  crimes. At the request of the Armenian side, he was detained and then  released. It is curious that from the Armenian side, unlike the  Azerbaijani side, no or intelligible comments.  As a result, this  citizen returns to Azerbaijan, and in Armenia, sources associated  with the authorities begin an active campaign against the Russian  Federation, aimed at the country's exit from the CIS, the EAEU and  the CSTO. All this fits well into the logic of the authorities'  actions to withdraw from the country of all Russian military," the  political scientist said.

To substantiate his words, he cited statements made several months  ago by representatives of the Armenian authorities about the need for  the republic's non-bloc participation in geopolitical processes. It  was in this context that Matevosyan linked the intentions of official  Yerevan to change the Constitution, which would record the  non-aligned status of the state, which, in turn, would lead to the  withdrawal of Russian troops.  "Against this background, statements  about the need to diversify security systems look strange, to say the  least. On the one hand, they talk about the need to leave the CSTO,  and on the other, about the need to deepen relations with Russia,  which is practically impossible," Matevosyan said. 

He also expressed concerns about the security of Armenia in the  context of the presence of European observers. Referring to a recent  statement by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who said that the  mission's tasks include, among other things, monitoring the movement  of Russian and Iranian troops, Matevosyan noted that in this case it  becomes clear why Russia is against their presence. "What or who do  they want to transport through Armenia that they are fighting so much  against the Russian military presence in the region?" - the expert  asks. On the other hand, Iran's negative reaction to the presence of  third parties also creates tension.

As a result, Matevosyan believes, Armenia risks spoiling relations  with almost all its neighbors and remaining completely alone.

"The processes that are currently taking place will lead to the fact  that Armenia will remain a complete orphan, which Turkey and  Azerbaijan will not fail to take advantage of. In this case, not only  Syunik will be on their minds. Why take one region when you can take  over the whole of Armenia. Azerbaijan, By the way, it is guided by  precisely this logic, and the actions of official Yerevan lead to the  fact that the steps of Ankara and Baku are being implemented," he  said.   

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