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What brings Pelosi to Yerevan or Armenia leaves Russia for the USA

Pictured: Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi

Pictured: Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (Photo: picture alliance / Consolidated News Photos / TASS)

The latest aggravation between Azerbaijan and Armenia seems to have led to Yerevan’s final turn towards its American partners. Actually, Armenia has been flirting with the United States for many years, but it is characteristic that even at the current extremely difficult point in Russian-American relations against the backdrop of a special operation in Ukraine, Yerevan continues to try to sit on two chairs – the usual Moscow one and, as the leadership of the republic hopes, fashionable Washington.

It is worth noting that the Minister of Defense of Armenia Suren Papikyan just before the aggravation, he visited the United States, where he discussed the situation on the Azerbaijani border with the US Deputy Secretary of Defense for Political Affairs Kolyn Kalomand also shared plans for joint teaching programs at the US National Defense University in Washington. “Coincidence? I don’t think so!” Papikyan’s visit was described by the editor-in-chief of the National Defense magazine, director of the Center for Analysis of the World Arms Trade Igor Korotchenkocalling the US and the EU the most interested countries in the aggravation of the situation in the South Caucasus.

“This is a dangerous and completely useless move. The authorities are well aware of the negative consequences that flirting with the West can have, but either they doubt the decisiveness of the strategic partner, or they have assurances from a third party that the reaction of the strategic partner will not be painful for Armenia, ”an Armenian political scientist commented on Papikyan’s visit. Grigory Balasanyan.

But, in fact, in recent days, the leaders of Armenia have already spoken quite directly about Russia and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Thus, the Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia Armen Grigoryan stated that the hope for the activation of the CSTO mechanisms “completely collapsed.”

Speaker of the Armenian Parliament Alen Simonyan promised to draw conclusions, noting that it is “difficult to explain to the people of Armenia why the CSTO is not taking the prescribed measures.” In addition, Simonyan recalled that there is a bilateral agreement between Armenia and Russia on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance, and therefore Yerevan is waiting for more tangible support than “statements or fragmentary half words.” Separately, Simonyan noted the “provocative statements” addressed to the leadership of Armenia on the air of Russian TV.

All this was summed up by Simonyan’s statement about the leading role of the United States in de-escalating the situation on the border with Azerbaijan. “US intervention and assistance has had a great influence in recent events. I don’t want to give much preference to the intervention of France or the permanent intervention of Russia, but the United States was the biggest author of stopping the latest events, ”RIA Novosti quotes Simonyan.

Thus, the speaker of the Armenian parliament mentioned Russia not only after the United States, but even after France, which can be regarded as a very derogatory remark about Moscow.

Russian political scientist, co-founder of the Russian Union movement Alexey Kochetkov believes that the reaction of the CSTO was caused precisely by the policy of the Armenian leadership.

“I think the CSTO leaders denied direct military support to Armenia because they no longer consider Nikol Pashinyanwhich maintains active ties with the West, a responsible partner. Also, the organization does not consider it necessary to enter into an open conflict with Turkey and Azerbaijan, against the backdrop of a military special operation in Ukraine. The last thing Russia and its allies need now is the opening of a “second front” in the Caucasus,” he told RIA FAN.

The political scientist stressed that “in recent months, Pashinyan has pursued an absolutely suicidal foreign policy for Armenia” and in the face of a tough confrontation between Russia and the West, Yerevan “until the last tried to“ sit on two chairs ”. “Despite the fact that in 2020, during the first conflict in Karabakh, Russia provided serious allied support to Yerevan. In fact, Moscow stopped the war and prevented the complete defeat of the Armenian Armed Forces,” the expert said.

It is difficult to disagree with the political scientist, given that in this situation, Pashinyan ignored the SCO summit in Samarkand. And it is hard to perceive this decision of the Prime Minister of Armenia otherwise than as a refusal to meet with Vladimir Putin against the background of another military success of the Azerbaijani army.

It is also worth recalling Pashinyan’s long-standing and repeatedly expressed wishes about the French contingent of peacekeepers, for example, he even accidentally called Putin “President of France”. Obviously, the withdrawal of the Russian military base and the arrival of Western forces is the dream of the current leadership of Armenia.

Well, the icing on the cake was a spontaneous, in her own words, visit Nancy Pelosilanded in Yerevan on the evening of September 17. Only recently nearly shot down by Chinese aircraft in a provocative trip to Taiwan that the world was watching, now the speaker of the US House of Representatives flew in to “show support for Washington.” Support for what? As she herself put it, “security in Armenia and the Caucasus region.”

Well, as everyone knows, from American support, the “security” of any region increases many times over. Pelosi will just be brought to Yerevan, and aren’t the leaders of Armenia taking another “dangerous and completely useless step”? Which, by the way, will definitely be remembered in Beijing, quite possibly considering it even as a diplomatic demarche.

Well, and most importantly, everyone will correctly understand in relation to the Armenian partners, noisily and regularly demanding help, in Moscow.

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