Iran unrest to affect situation in Armenia

16:29 • 08.01.18



Any development and instability in Iran is prone to effect changes in Armenia's domestic and foreign policy affairs, a regional expert said Monday, commenting on the recent anti-government demonstrations in the Islamic Republic.


Mushegh Khudaverdyan didn’t rule out a serious impact on Nagorno-Karabakh either, citing Azerbaijan’s interest to achieve a military settlement of the conflict.


“Any kind of turmoil in Iran directly impacts the national security of Armenia as instabilities potentially create new hotbeds of conflict. That may refer even tothe Nagorno-Karabakh, as the destabilized regional situation may be a good breeding ground for Azerbaijan to unleash a war,” he told reporters.


The expert said he also expects Iranian refugees to seek shelter in Armenia in the wake of possible military operations by the Middle East.

In his words, the recent demonstrations in the country were provoked by the West which sought to target Iran after its success in the military operations over Syria.


“Hence no wonder at all that Saudi Arabia became the kind of weapon through which the West is now going to pursue its interests in the Middle East. And the sale of the large quantity of weapons to Saudi Arabia was not coincidental either. What happened later were the demonstrations which aimed to bring to light the weak points of the Iranian leadership (rather than to topple the country’s government). The West didn’t want to destroy Iran as a state; what they wanted was to create a government whose policies would be in line with the Western interests not to pose any threats to their security,” Khudaverdayan said, adding that attempts to undermine Russia and China could be another reason behind the recent unrest.

 

 

 

 

Tigranuhi Martirosyan





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