Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
by David Stepanyan
Actually, unlike the influence of the USA, the Russian influence in Armenia is formal, a member of the former "Karabakh" committee, analyst, Ashot Manucharyan, told journalists today.
"Actually, just Washington recommends its agents to display positive attitude towards Moscow so that to avoid direct confrontation with a rather strong Moscow. I am confident that the forces which display themselves like Russia's partners: the state machine, political parties, analytical centres and mass media are chiefly under the USA's strong influence, though it is not so", - he said.
When commenting on confrontation of the pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in Armenia in the context of Yerevan's intention to join the Customs Union, Manucharyan said these forces promote the efforts of the third forces to destroy Europe and Russia. He regrets that Armenia has become one of the countries where interests of Russia and Europe come across each other so that to prevent alliance between them which seem to be contradictory force centres at first sight.
When commenting on the performance performed in Strasbourg by a member of the Armenian parliament, Zarui Postanjan and President Serzh Sargsyan, Manucharyan said that actually the authorities of Armenia being an instrument in the hands of the USA, could prepare such a performance so that to display Serzh Sargsyan like a pro-Russian politician. He thinks that we have to expect similar performances in future as well.