Deputy Parliament Speaker Eduard Sharmazanov believes that there is no need to take drastic measures and strain relations with Russia, Armenia’s top military and political ally, because of statements and actions of the latter during the latest Karabakh crisis.
“Emotional assessments by the public are natural: we have casualties, we have talked about it, but we should not introduce our agenda to the allies with excessive emotionality,” said Sharmazanov, who is also a spokesman for the ruling Republican Party of Armenia.
The sale of weapons to Azerbaijan by Armenia’s strategic ally Russia has always been a subject for debate, but after the aggressive actions by the Azerbaijani armed forces that were carried out on April 2-5 against Nagorno-Karabakh, it simply caused an outrage in the Armenian society.
In different public circles, Russia was accused of betrayal, and many political analysts called on Armenia to withdraw from the Russian-led groupings, including the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).
In this connection, the Russian side has its own explanation. In particular, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, in an interview to the Russian Rossia TV Channel 1, said that even if Russia refused to provide weapons to Azerbaijan, the entrance of weapon suppliers from other countries into the Armenian-Azerbaijani arms’ market would not relieve the situation.
“I think that the weapons can and must be purchased not only for being used one day, but for becoming a factor of deterrence, and all confronting sides must understand that,” he said.
Sharmazanov said that Armenia should review its actions in many ways, but it would be wrong to take drastic measures, such as withdrawal from the EEU or the CSTO.
“There are no ‘good uncles’ in this world, and every country has its own interests. We are guided by our interests in relationships with our allies. And the president [Serzh Sargsyan] said that unlike Azerbaijan, which has the support of a country like Turkey, our sponsor is our army and people. And I would like to add God,” he concluded.