Newsfeed

Bako Sahakya urges sooner investigation of incident near Berdzor

Levon Zurabyan: It is a Misfortune for Armenian Citizens to Have a parliament Speaker Like Galust Sahakyan

Central Bank of Armenia responds to criticism of those against toughening of the CBA's new requirement to commercial banks' minimum total capital

Orange introduces more convenient conditions for prepaid customers

Beeline Launched Services "Russian 20" and "Russian 35"

Eurovision-2015: Stefanie Topalian from Japan Has Become the 4th Member of the Band "Genealogy"

Paruyr Hayrikyan and Founding Parliament have disagreements

Attorney: Volodya Avetisyan is Determined to turn to the European Court of Human Rights

Brandy export from Armenia in 2014 down 1,2% thanks to devaluation of the Russian rouble

Armenians consume more vodka, overwhelmingly made in Russian

Zhirayr Sefilyan calls on Armenian public to stop paying fines for violation of traffic rules

Expert: The propaganda bluff cannot cast shadow upon the relations between the Jewish and Armenian peoples

Further cooperation of Armenian National Congress with Prosperous Armenia Party depends on the latter's plans: MP

Heritage Party leadership not to attend March 1 rally of Armenian National Congress

Congresswoman Judy Chu Commemorates Anti-Armenian Massacres

Another Armenian killed in shelling in Aleppo

South Dakota becomes the 43rd state to recognize the Armenian Genocide

Amnesty International says Armenia's law enforcement did not conduct effective investigation in Shant Haroutiunyan case

Activist faces indictment in Gyumri, Armenia

In 2015 Beeline intends to enlarge its customer base in Armenia by expanding the spectrum of its services and enhancing the service quality and price affordability

ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information Security Management System implemented by VivaCell-MTS

"Ameria" Has Launched a Project for the Development of Small-Scale Gardening in Armenia

ACBA-Credit Agricole Bank expanding regional network with new branch

Expert: Armenia and EU not likely to sign any document at Riga Summit

Iraqi Airways to make first Baghdad-Yerevan-Erbil flight

Yerevan, February 26. ArmInfo. Marianna Mkrtchyan.ason Katz says United States supports Armenia to disadvantage of its allies Azerbaijan and Georgia

Another parliamentarian leaves Prosperous Armenia Party Faction

Ayb School and VivaCell-MTS have summed up the results of their cooperation

PSRC: Armenia negotiating with Russia to maintain gas tariff

Armenian Parliament Speaker gives one more chance to Gagik Tsarukyan

On the eve of spring, Orange presents new good surprises for internet and voice customers

Arthur Ashughyan: Future of lapidary industry depends on how competitive and efficient it is

Political expert: One should not expect serious internal political processes on Mar 1

Political expert: US State Department's calls to set free Azeri raiders will receive no response

Prosperous Armenia to convoke extraordinary congress on Mar 5

Cavusoglu: Armenia has failed test of sincerity

Parliamentary majority turn down the opposition's draft statement on crisis in governance

Richard Giragossian: The success of the talks with Brussels much depends on reliability and ability of the Armenian government

Baku may change its mind at the last moment and attend Euronest PA session in Yerevan, Armenian MP says

Ivica Dacic sees deterioration of situation in Karabakh and slackening of peace negotiations

Traian Hristea says 2015 will see new level of Armenia-EU cooperation

Avaz Hasanov: OSCE MG, Russia, EU, or U.S. can impose no pressure upon Armenia and Azerbaijan in the matter of Karabakh

Nikol Pashinyan demands that NKR authorities should punish the policemen who beat Founding Parliament's members

Ex-Prime Minister: Amid statements on SME development, decision to reduce number of banks in Armenia is sheer mockery

Ameriabank wins four nominations of Best Exchange Members of 2014 awards

Central Bank forecasts slowdown in salary growth rates in Armenia

UN Secretary-General and OSCE Chairman-in-Office Discussed the Situation in Nagorno Karabakh

Hot debates over ANC's project "On crisis in government system" in Armenian Parliament

Beeline announces the change of payment days for account charges and blocking of numbers for postpaid mobile subscribers

ACBA-Credit Agricole Bank increases the number of its offices

Yana Amelina: The West or Russia, that is the question

ArmInfo’s interview with Yana Amelina, senior research fellow at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies

  • by David Stepanyan

  • Friday, June 6, 17:43

 The EAEU is often called a 'union of dictators' for the known reasons. In Armenia, there are concerns that accession to the EAEU will deteriorate the problems with democracy…

 

I don’t think that the EAEU is ‘often’ called as a 'union of dictators.'  No one except liberal journalists uses such expressions. I don’t know what ‘known reasons’ do you mean, but Russia, Belarus, Armenia and Kazakhstan are known in the world as rather democratic countries. There is no limit to perfection, though. Nevertheless, speaking of dictatorship is rather odd in such case. I don't think that accession to this inter-state union that, unfortunately, has only one - economic component, may create any problems with democracy. Are there any restrictions on the free elections, peaceful assemblies or independent press in Armenia? Does the EAEU seek to make such restrictions? At least, look at how openly we discuss all this. Doesn't it mean that everything is good?  We should not consider the West as the etalon of democracy, should we?

 

Member of the Board - Minister in charge of the Development of Integration and Macroeconomics Tatiana Valovaya has recently expressed confidence that Armenia's joining the Eurasian Economic Union will increase the investment attraction of the republic and Armenia will become a field for the Customs Union states and other states to make investments. However, it is not clear, how Armenia's joining the EAEU is beneficial to the rest members of the Union in the economic sense. Or maybe politics will recompense everything?

 

I fully agree with Valovaya that it is really beneficial to Armenia to join the EAEU. As for the political component, the situation on Armenia's joining the EAEU is rather simple.  The complex geo-political situation in the world requires strict definition: the West or Russia, that is the question! And if the Russian Federation ensures Armenia's military security, and de-facto, its existence as a state, is there any sense to try to have good relations with permanent enemies of Russia?

  A few days ago Ambassador of Russia to Armenia Ivan Volynkin told journalists that the sale of TOS-1A heavy flamethrower systems and T-90 tanks to Azerbaijan was nothing but commerce. Won’t that Russian-Azeri "commerce" lead to a new war in Nagorno-Karabakh in light of more and more incidents reported from the border?  

 

 Commerce is certainly a vice. Let's assume that our Ambassador has used a wrong word. The real problem here is that Azerbaijan can afford buying arms and not only from Russia and that war is the only way for the Azeris – at least in theory – to solve the Nagorno-Karabakh problem in their favor. There will be the threat of a new war in Nagorno-Karabakh as long as this conflict remains a geopolitical problem. 

 I think the conflicting parties should try to maintain the status quo. But the world is changing as quickly as is growing the number of insane politicians and journalists. All this is fraught with both local and global risks, which has been proved by the events in Ukraine.

 Experts are seriously concerned over the high threat of the rapidly developing crisis in Ukraine to the U.S.-France-Russia cooperation over Karabakh conflict as part of the OSCE MG…

 

Frankly speaking, I cannot understand what cooperation is in question. I think the fruitless meetings of the OSCE MG Co-Chairs will be continued also in future. They will adopt no decisions. This became evident yet long ago. Nevertheless, an inefficient negotiating format is better than military actions," she said for conclusion.

 

The first meeting with the president-elect Petro Poroshenko with Barack Obama openly indicated that  neither the loss of Crimea nor the threat of the country’s spliting into two parts is able to re-orientate Kyev from the West to the East. What scenario of developments do you anticipate?

 

What we are witnessing in Ukraine is a real civil war. Much there will depend on what Russia will do. More and more people are showing  displeasure with the Kremlin's policy and demand more active interference in the events in Ukraine on both diplomatic and military levels. And this is natural as most of the Russians regard Ukraine as part of the all-Russian mental and geopolitical community and have lots of friends and relatives in that country.

 

The bloodshed continuing in Ukraine for several weeks already is horrifying and I am sure that Russia must interfere. Time will show in what a form this will be done. In any case, the political and economic chaos in Ukraine will continue to grow and this is fair: those who have voted for Petro Poroshenko are worthy of this. Anyway, I have no doubts that Ukraine will finally come under Russia’s influence and join the EAEU as a full member of it.

Send to a friend

To (e-mail)


Your name


Message


Comments

View comments (0)
  • READ ALL COMMENTS
  • POST A COMMENT

Be first to comment on this article

* Indicates required fields