by Ashot Safaryan
Armenia has long lost its diplomatic independence, secretary of the parliamentary group of the Armenian National Congress Aram Manukyan said at a parliamentary briefing on Friday, while commenting on Armenia's voting in the UN against Ukraine's territorial integrity.
"Our diplomats say one thing and then do a different thing. It was really humiliating. It was a blunder, a miscalculation. Of course, one should respect Crimea's right to self-determination and should keep in mind Russia as our strategic partner, but we must be consistent and motivated in our actions. Our problem is that we have no legitimate president, so, we will always be hesitant on key international problems," Manukyan said.
On Thursday Armenia, just like Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe voted against the UN General Assembly's resolution calling Crimea's vote illegal. As many as 100 countries supported the document, 58 countries abstained from voting. A day before Armenia said that it would also abstain.