“You don’t need to remember Stanislavku to understand what is happening in the relations between Armenia and Russia. There has been no such tension in our relations since independence”, Armen Rustamyan, a Political Representative of the ARF Bureau, and Parliament Member of the Republic of Armenia “Hayastan” faction, told Yerkir Media on Friday.
“This is an extremely worrying situation. The main problem is that no matter how much we criticize our security arrangement with Russia and the CSTO, no one will offer us anything better, and we do not see whether it is possible or not in the near future. Destroying what is there and not creating a new one is an adventure, an activity against our state interests. This exchange of fire speaks of something very bad in words, we hear expressions not only from Maria Zakharova, but also from Lavrov, the statement made by Pashinyan that the presence of the Russian base here has become a threat to our society, he says, I leave it to his conscience. But questions arise from this statement, how can such statements be made, paying tribute to Turkish-Azerbaijani approaches. If we were asked what the Russian bases are, we have an obvious answer, that there is always a direct threat from our neighbors, in particular from the Turkish-Azerbaijani tandem, this was in order to stop that threat. Now Turkey says if it is aimed at us, then you pose a threat to us. This can have the most dangerous consequences,” Rustamyan said.
According to Rustamyan, it appears Pashinyan’s government is turning Armenia’s national security strategy on its head. Historically, alliances with Russia and Iran were part of Armenia’s national security strategy, because Turkey and Azerbaijan have been consistent threats to Armenia’s security. However, since the Pashinyan regime claims Russia’s presence in Armenia is a threat to its security, then they must believe that Turkey and Azerbaijan are to become the guarantors of Armenia’s security.
“Azerbaijan and Turkey must decide whether we will live here, exist or not, we are in this situation now. Armenia’s government is doing its best to drain the resources of our forces, both external and internal, and to convince everyone that we have no other choice and we must fulfill Turkey’s demands, but today it becomes clear that these demands have no end.”