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by Ashot Safaryan
Armenia like a faithless wife was shut in a closet and forced to join the Customs Union, political expert Ervand Bozoyan said at today's press-conference.
He said that the Armenian-Russian relations became worse for the last years. "Everything began from the "football diplomacy". The nomalization process of the Armenian-Turkish relations seemed to result in decrease of Armenia's dependence on Russia, but later the dependence grew. After signing of the Armenian-Turkish Protocols in Zurich, Ankara started linking normalization of relations with the Karabakh settlement, and Moscow was the first from the mouth of Vladimir Putin tightly to say about incompatibility of these two processes. As a result, the dependence increased and Yerevan was forced to sign the agreement on prolongation of the terms of the Russian military base deployment in Armenia before the expiration of the valid agreement", - Bozoyan said. He also added that the situation was worsened by the talks on the Association Agreement with the EU, which were taken by Russia extremely negatively from the very beginning.
"Figuratively saying, the authorities of Armenia decided to be unfaithful to Russia. The trust in Armenia was dented. As a result, Russia started selling weapon to Azerbaijan and broke parity for the first time. Armenia found itself in a rather difficult and dangerous situation. In such conditions, Yerevan had nothing to do than to say about its joining the Customs Union. At present the authorities have been trying by all means to prove their devotion to Russia. Armenia has found itself in a role of a faithless wife and her husband shut her in a closet", - the expert said.
He is confident that the pressure upon Armenia grew after announcement of its intention to sign the Association Agreement with the EU. "This is a result of a dull foreign policy. The authorities of Armenia should not abandon the principles of the complementary foreign policy", - Bozoyan said.
The expert is confident that if in the 90-s the dependence of Armenia on Russia was natural in a certain sense because of the threat from the side of Turkey and Azerbaijan, today Armenia found itself in an absolute dependence on Moscow, as it has limited its opportunities to adopt decisions independently.