Azerbaijan hampers future progress in Armenia-Russia relations – expert

11:21 • 09.01.18



Russia has absolutely no objection to the recently signed EU-Armenia agreement promising a deeper and more comprehensive cooperation, a Moscow-based expert has said, blaming Azerbaijan for seeking to drive a wedge between the two countries.                                                                                                   

“The document signed between Armenia and the European Union is no problem at all in terms of the Armenian-Russian relations. That’s somewhat exaggerated by Armenian experts. Russia has no objections to the agreement, as that document is of a key significance to us,” Alexander Skakov, an expert in Caucasus and Central Asia Affairs at the Russian Institute of Oriental Studies, told Tert.am.


He praised Armenia for a reasonable policy choice bringing the developing partnership with the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union into a certain balance.


“That satisfies Russia, as we believe the partnership will be a kind of bridge uniting Russia and the West. Its impact will be positive rather than negative,” Skakov said.

 
As another impediment to a more intensive Armenian-Russian cooperation, the expert cited the absence of a direct land border connecting the two countries. He admitted that the closed South Ossetian and Abkhazian road corridors very often complicate the communication.


“Also Azerbaijan, which conducts a large-scale lobbying in Moscow, hampers the deepening of the Armenia-Russia relations,” the expert added.

Tigranuhi Martirosyan





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