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
The battle between Russia and the West for Armenia is developing more and more, as the geo-political role of Armenia is growing day by day, the governance analyst Harutyun Mesropyan said at today's press conference.
"There is a border issue with the Customs Union, but there is a similar issue with the European Union (EU), too. We have the Karabakh issue with the Customs Union, but the same problem exists with the EU, too. No matter what we say, we need neither one nor the other", - he said and added that the point is that both documents do not exist; many questions arise. It is the degree of the loss of Armenia's sovereignty, he said.
"Armenia is located in a geopolitical center where it may play a very significant part. They all attach great importance to us, but we do not attach importance to ourselves; that is why we think about where we should enter, and this is unacceptable," - the analyst said and added that "Armenia's geopolitical role increases step by step; this means we can objectively become a factor. But we toss the docile submissive status, and become an object.
"It is wrong to join any union. We can become a subject, but by choosing one union, we become an object," Harutyun Mesropyan said."One should not forget that the wave of the "Arab war" is gradually coming closer to Armenia, challenges are growing and if the country is not strong, it will be simply used in the mayhem", - he said and added there is no sense to discuss the issue with representatives of the ruling regime as the latter are indifferent to the destiny of the country.
To note, as a result of the talks that were held on September 3 in Moscow between Armenian and Russian Presidents Serzh Sargsyan and Vladimir Putin, Sargsyan announced that Armenia plans to join the Customs Union and subsequently engage in the formation of the Eurasian Economic Union.