by Tatevik Shahunyan
There are two key actors in South Caucasus region - Turkey and Russia, Eduard Sharmazanov, Vice Speaker of Armenian Parliament, Spokesman for the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), said during a meeting with the students of the Armenian State Pedagogical University.
He said that in this region, which is complicated from the geopolitical point of view, Armenia should get a right direction and that it has already done it. "Armenia, which lacks a rich natural potential and is surrounded by such neighbors as Turkey and Azerbaijan, cannot help integrating into a military and political alliance. We have done it by choosing the CSTO. An alternative to it is another alliance and Turkey is among its members. I consider Armenia's choice to be justified and time-proved. Russia is a natural partner of Armenia. It should also be noted that no organization, except the CSTO, has declared Armenia's guarantees in case of Azerbaijan's attacks on it", said Sharmazanov.
In the meantime, it does not mean that Armenia should not deepen its relations with Europe. "Time has shown that Armenia's policy is correct and Europe has realized it. The high-ranking European officials have changed their statements made after Armenia announced its intention to join the Customs Union. Now the European officials express their willingness to continue the cooperation with Armenia in conducting the democratic reforms", he said.