Anti-Iranian pressures would be 'unreasonable' for Armenia, warns expert

13:25 • 15.03.18



The United States' possible move to step up pressures on Armenia in an attempt to urge the country to sever ties with Iran would have unreasonable consequences in the current geopolitical context, according to an expert in Iranian studies.


At a news conference on Thursday, Vardan Voskanyan addressed President Donald Trump's decision to sack Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, describing it as a clear sign demonstrating the Islamic State's increasing influence on the Administration's decision-making


“The appointment of Mark Pompey, the new Secretary of State, has given ground to various interpretations. The dominating opinion is that the new Secretary’s position is more in line with Trump’s policy on the Iranian nuclear deal,” he noted.


Voskanyan also referred to the United States’ earlier attempts to exercise pressure on Armenia in an effort to make the country revise the historically developing relations with Iran. “But it wasn’t the day before yesterday that Armenia developed relations with Iran. Our economic and cultural ties with that state and [its] people trace back to millennia. In the current Turkish-Azerbaijani blockade which Armenia is facing, our ties with Iran are of a vital importance.”


“[Severing our relations with Iran] would be tantamount to surrendering to the hostile Turkish-Azerbaijani alliance. Armenia will never do that,” said the expert.


Voskanyan nonetheless did not rule out the possibility of ‘slight pressures’. “Attempts of the kind will be made on the parliamentary level so to speak, but the Armenian-Iranian agenda is very rich and mutually advantageous. Hence, we cannot possibly give it up all of a sudden. Also, the tightening of the United States’ positions would open up new opportunities in the Armenia-Iran relations. We had such opportunities also in the past, but the question is to what extent we or the Iranians have managed to use them,” he added.

Hripsime Hovhannisyan





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