Politics 17:04 03/04/2024 Armenia

Expert explains Russian backlash against Armenia-EU-US meeting

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova on Thursday expressed concern over Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s upcoming trilateral meeting with top U.S. and European Union officials in Brussels, claiming that it has anti-Russian bias.

Zakharova's Azerbaijani counterpart Ayhan Hajizadeh called on the EU and the U.S. to refrain from steps that could provoke new waves of escalation and tensions in the South Caucasus region.

Panorama.am on Wednesday reached out to political technologist Armen Badalyan for comment on Russia's backlash against the meeting and Iran’s silence over it.

"It doesn't matter whether the high-level Armenia-EU-U.S. meeting is directed against someone or not, what matters is how it is perceived. Any cooperation between Armenia and the EU is seen as a hostile move by Russia. This does not mean that Armenia has to reject cooperation with the EU and the U.S. It is just that Russia and Iran, taking into account the foreign policy pursued by the Armenian leadership recently, believe that the meeting in Brussels is directed against them,” Badalyan said.

“If it were not for this policy of the Armenian authorities, the meeting would not have sparked a backlash especially from Russia. Moscow is pushing the narrative that Armenia listened to the EU, that's why it lost Artsakh and now risks losing its statehood. Since Russia considers the EU an enemy, it seems to it that Armenia should do the same. And because the Armenian authorities are not independent, but the puppets of the West, the meeting, which is not basically directed against anyone, is viewed as detrimental to the Russian Federation," the analyst explained.

He highlighted that the Armenia-EU-U.S. talks slated for April 5 would focus on economic and other issues, rather than security.

"Russia also views discussions on economic diversification as a step directed against itself, as it has no normal vision of relations with its neighbors. Its relations are not based on the principle of legal equality, in this sense even economic diversification is seen as an action against Moscow,” the expert stated.

“On the other hand, if Armenia had a competent government pursuing a multi-vector policy, the upcoming meeting in Brussels would not have prompted such a strong reaction from Russia. However, given the outright anti-Russian policy of the Armenian government, the Brussels meeting is seen as an anti-Russian step,” Badalyan noted.

Referring to Iran's stance, the expert said: "The Islamic Republic of Iran has clearly stated that any military and political presence in the region is undesirable for Tehran. When it comes to economic cooperation, Iran does not oppose an agreement between Armenia the EU which would attract investments and bolster economic development. Armenia and Iran are not part of the same economic union. In addition, trade between Iran and Armenia is currently at a low level for various reasons. Iran strongly opposes only the Western military and political presence in Armenia, realizing that it will be directed against the country. The West is forming bridgeheads against Iran, and EU observers or military representatives with a different status are seen by Tehran in this way."

"For Iran, Armenia's territorial integrity in Syunik and Vayots Dzor Provinces is a red line and the possible opening of a corridor even under Russian control is considered an anti-Iranian step.  If Armenia agrees to open the corridor or Azerbaijan takes it by force, Iran will simply seize control over these two provinces to stop the opening of the corridor.

“Since Armenia is a member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and, in fact, is on the way to diversify its economic ties with the West and may get the status of an EU candidate in the near future, it may become an attractive step for other EAEU member countries, which would lead to the collapse of the EAEU.

“The EAEU is Russia's economic tool in its relations with the former Soviet republics. If this tool is destroyed, its role in the former Soviet states, which Russia considers as a zone of its influence, will be extremely weakened. In addition, Russia is being squeezed out of the South Caucasus and could face a similar problem in the North Caucasus. That is why Russia is reacting so harshly to the April 5 meeting in Brussels,” he remarked.



Source Panorama.am
Share |
Տեքստում սխալ կամ վրիպակ նկատելու դեպքում, ուղարկեք խմբագրին հաղորդագրություն` նշելով տվյալ սխալը, այնուհետև սեղմելով Ctrl-Enter:

Newsfeed

18:00
Rain to persist in Armenia in next few days
Rain and thunderstorms coupled with strong winds will persist across Armenia throughout the weekend, with downpours expected in some areas....
17:33
Archbishop Bagrat says Pashinyan spending 'final days' in office
Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan has blasted Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan for repression against supporters of the Tavush for the Homeland...
17:00
Azeri official says COP29 good opportunity for Yerevan-Baku peace deal
During this year’s United Nations climate conference COP29, host-country Azerbaijan will strive to act as a bridge-builder between all...
16:30
Last Bell: 89 cars driven by minors impounded in Armenia
Police officers took a total of 89 vehicles driven by minors to impound lots as part of enhanced security measures across Armenia for Last Bell...
15:57
Expert reacts to arrests of Artsakh officials in Armenia
Varuzhan Geghamyan, a geopolitical strategist and regional security expert, has reacted to the recent arrests of Artsakh officials in Armenia....
15:34
Sean Baker's 'Anora' starring Armenian actors earns 7.5-minute Cannes standing ovation
Sean Baker’s “Anora,” a hilarious yet touching drama in which a sex worker falls in love with the son of a Russian oligarch,...
15:14
Pashinyan's bodyguards push reporter out of school in border village
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's bodyguards on Saturday forced journalist Ani Gevorgyan to leave the school in the border village of...
14:34
Possible change of Schengen visa fees will not affect Armenian citizens – Foreign Ministry
The possible change of Schengen visa fees will not apply to Armenian citizens, the Foreign Ministry reported on Saturday. The...
14:09
Yerevan Conservatory student wins top prize at international violin competition
Shushanna Puchinyan, a first-year student of Yerevan’s Komitas State Conservatory, has clinched the first prize at the Citta di Cervignano...
13:46
NATO has no plans to send troops to Ukraine, chief says
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said Ukraine should be allowed to use Western-supplied weapons in strikes against targets inside...
13:28
Pashinyan's helicopter makes emergency landing due to bad weather
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's helicopter made an emergency landing due to bad weather on Saturday.. The incident occurred...
11:35
Tavush for the Homeland activists to hold awareness campaign in Yerevan on Saturday
Young supporters of the Tavush for the Homeland movement will hold an awareness campaign in Yerevan on Saturday. The campaign is scheduled...
11:21
Mayor of Artsakh's Martakert arrested
Misha Gyurjyan, the exiled mayor of the Artsakh town of Martakert, was arrested in Yerevan on Friday night, human rights lawyer Ruben Melikyan...
11:00
Catholicos Aram I meets with SDHP members
His Holiness Catholicos Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia on Friday received the representatives of the Central Committee of the Social...
17:02
Armenian border village school has only one graduate
The secondary school in Shurnukh, a border village in Armenia’s Syunik Province, has only one graduate this year. In a message on the...
16:47
Barcelona sack head coach Xavi
Barcelona have sacked manager Xavi with former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick set to replace him, BBC Sport reports. Xavi will take...
16:36
Archbishop Bagrat says discussed protest movement with Armenian religious leader
Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan says he met with Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II and other clerics on Thursday to discuss the protest...
16:06
Askeran mayor placed under house arrest
Hayk Shamiryan, the exiled mayor of the Artsakh town of Askeran, has been placed under house arrest, his lawyers Vahe Yeprikyan and Aram...
15:45
42 cars driven by minors taken to penalty areas in Armenia
Police officers took a total of 42 vehicles driven by minors to penalty areas as part of enhanced security measures across Armenia for Last Bell...
15:30
Russia recalls ambassador to Armenia for 'consultations'
Russia has recalled its ambassador to Armenia for “consultations”, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharov revealed....
15:05
Political analyst warns of 'highly explosive' situation in Armenia
Failure to remove Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan from power and conduct snap elections in Armenia would lead to a...
14:30
Elon Musk says AI will take everyone's jobs
Elon Musk says artificial intelligence will take all our jobs and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, CNN reports....
14:15
'I have very interesting proposals regarding Caucasus', Lukashenko tells Putin
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said security will be the first topic raised during talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir...
14:05
New active cyclone makes landfall in Armenia
A new active Mediterranean cyclone has made landfall in Armenia, the Hydrometeorology and Monitoring Center warns. The cyclone is expected...
13:31
Expert: Azerbaijan 'deeply concerned' over protest movement in Armenia
Azerbaijan is “deeply concerned” about the clergy-led protest movement in Armenia and its possible success, says Varuzhan Geghamyan,...
12:45
Czech president hospitalized after motorcycle accident
Czech President Petr Pavel has been taken to hospital after injuring himself while riding a motorcycle, BBC News reports, citing his...
12:34
Canada's House of Commons hosts exhibition on Artsakh's endangered Armenian heritage
On May 21, Greg Fergus, Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons, and Armenian Ambassador to Canada Anahit Harutyunyan co-hosted a...
11:58
Last Bell in Armenia: 12 cars driven by minors taken to penalty areas
Police officers took a total of 12 vehicles driven by minors to penalty areas as part of enhanced security measures across Armenia for Last Bell...
11:32
Armenian border guards take charge of Tavush border areas
Armenia is pulling back its troops from the border areas in Tavush Province and deploying border guards there. In a statement on Friday, the...
11:01
Armenian security chief meets with U.S. Minsk Group co-chair
Secretary of the Armenian Security Council Armen Grigoryan on Thursday met with Louis Bono, Senior Adviser for Caucasus Negotiations and...

Follow us and get updates!

Most popular articles

{"core.blocks.header.spell_message1":"Selected mistake: ","core.blocks.header.spell_message2":"Send a message about the mistake?"}