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Sep 20, 2022
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Pelosi’s visit as Pashinyan’s ultimatum

Pictured: Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi

Pictured: Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (Photo: IMAGO/Bernd Elmenthaler/Global Look Press)

Armenia continues its big turn from a Russian brother to an American partner – the clearest illustration of which was the visit to Yerevan of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives over the weekend Nancy Pelosi.

On the occasion of the visit of the odious politician, who recently almost provoked another entry into the Third World War with his arrival in Taiwan, the leadership of Armenia seems to have completely decided on the question of who is a true democratic friend of Yerevan, and who is quite the opposite.

Suffice it to mention that in order for Pelosi’s eyes to not be embarrassed by anything on the way from the airport, photos of the President of the Russian Federation were removed. Vladimir Putin with the inscription: “Forever together.”

“By order Pashinyan a portrait of Putin was taken on the road from the Zvartnots airport to Yerevan, along which Pelosi was traveling, a huge number of American flags were hung. In my opinion, this is how Nikol Pashinyan issues an ultimatum to Vladimir Putin: either Russia will send Russian soldiers to fight for Armenia in Karabakh, or I will leave under the protection of France and the United States. And Nancy Pelosi came to confirm that the United States is ready to take Armenia away from Putin,” the political scientist, director general of the Institute for Political Studies commented on this nuance. Sergey Markov.

In general, there were many American flags next to Pelosi in Armenia. Under them, in the center of Yerevan, a rally was held for the country’s withdrawal from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

The event was attended by several hundred activists, including employees of organizations financed by Western funds, representatives of the National United Pole organization, which is the political wing of the Sasna Tsrer paramilitary group, took part in the action.

“We have gathered here with one single agenda – to demand from our government, to support it, so that we leave the CSTO. After that, we will begin negotiations with our real allies on the possibilities of ensuring the security of our country,” the sociologist said. Karen Sargsyanwho took part in the rally.

Nancy Pelosi herself was more restrained, she called the purpose of the visit a desire to understand what the United States can do in terms of military cooperation with Armenia, and withdrawal from the CSTO is not a matter of principle for Washington.

“The progress of democracy in Armenia is welcomed by the entire democratic world. We do not comment on Armenia’s contacts with other organizations, but Armenia’s security issues are important to us. The decision is made by Armenia, and we are ready to help if Armenia makes such a decision․ We hear the needs in the field of defense cooperation. The value and importance of our visit also lies in hearing and understanding how and what we can do in economic and security issues, what expectations exist,” Pelosi said in Yerevan.

But with regard to the problem of Nagorno-Karabakh, Nancy Pelosi spoke much more specifically. “Supporting democracy in Armenia, a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide, standing up to Turkey over Nagorno-Karabakh, in these and all other respects we are a friend of Armenia,” Pelosi declared.

It is not surprising that the chairman of the Azerbaijani parliament Sahiba Gafarova outraged, calling this statement biased and one-sided. “Known throughout her career as a pro-Armenian politician, Nancy Pelosi undoubtedly made the mentioned statement under the influence of Armenian propaganda,” I am sure Gafarova.

After Pelosi’s visit, American patronage continued in the form of a meeting of Armenian Foreign Ministers Ararat Mirzoyan and Azerbaijan Jeyhuna Bayramova and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in New York.

And in general, Armenia’s contacts with the United States under Pashinyan’s premiership are developing quite actively. The Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia regularly visits the United States Armen Grigoryanand the Minister of Defense of Armenia Suren Papikyan and even visited the United States just before the aggravation on the Azerbaijani border.

It is worth mentioning the sudden July visit to Yerevan by the director of the CIA William Burns. The US intelligence chief arrived so quickly that even the US embassy did not announce it. That did not prevent Burns from holding “meetings of the highest level.”

So, it is not surprising that having trampled on the CSTO and made the maximum possible critical attacks on Russia, Armenian politicians paid tribute to the peacekeeping efforts of their American partners. For example, the speaker of the Armenian parliament Alen Simonyan called the United States “the biggest author of stopping recent events”, and assessed Russia’s intervention as permanent, mentioning it after the help of France.

According to the statements of Armenian politicians, it is quite obvious that Yerevan was dissatisfied with the fact that Russia and the CSTO stopped the conflict, and did not directly participate in it.

At the same time, Yerevan does not seem to notice at what stage the confrontation between Russia itself and the collective West and, above all, the United States, is at the moment. The Pashinyan team does not think about how Moscow will perceive the current rapprochement between Armenia and its main opponent. Ultimatums in the form of flirting with Washington are unlikely to work here; rather, the Russian leadership will appreciate Azerbaijan’s much more balanced and independent position.

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