Armenia has no alternative to Russia in terms of security, says analyst

Armenia is in the zone of Russia’s influence, Yerevan-based political analyst Levon Shirinyan said on Wednesday, stressing that at this moment it is the most efficient solution in terms of ensuring the country’s security.

“I think there is nothing wrong [in the Armenia-Russia relations], but there is a wrong perception of it. The policy in this case is multifaceted. Military relations with Russia should not prevent us from focusing on the issue of military relations with the West as well,” the analyst said.

In particular, Shirinyan referred to assessments by some Armenian analysts, according to which the provisions in the final resolution adopted at the latest Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe earlier this week put the CSTO in opposition to the West and NATO, in particular.

Since the Moscow-led military alliance condemned the Western sanctions against Russia and the policy of the deployment of NATO missile defense systems in Europe, it turns out that as a member of this organization Armenia also condemned them.

But according to Shirinyan, Armenia has no alternative in this case.

“In other words, no other country offers us the allied relationship that Russia does… There is no leading power that would serve [Armenia] better, supply better weapons to Armenia than Russia. And the issue of security is very important for us,” he said.

The political analysts believes that if Russia’s military influence in the region gets weaker, its place will be taken by Turkey, which he considers to be undesirable for Armenia.

However, the expert also believes that Armenia’s foreign policy is unproductive, particularly because of the lack of initiative.

“The reason for that is first of all Armenia’s geographical position. But one cannot be limited to this only. I do not even have an idea whether the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has policy guidelines or it just works with the method of situational policies,” said Shirinyan, stressing that even in the issue of the recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh state Armenia lacks a conceptual approach.