Lavrov’s statement ‘serious message’ to Armenia

13:32 • 04.09.18



With his recent statement addressing the domestic political situation in Armenia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov conveyed a serious message to the country’s leadership, according to a political engineer.


At a news conference on Tuesday, Karen Kocharyan shared his comments upon the Russian top diplomat’s concerns over the criminal probe “into incidents tracing back to 10 years”.


“The Russian press had given serious signals before Lavrov’s statement. They voiced very stern evaluations, at times even crossing the necessary limits. There are certainly different elites, and different interests, but the press wouldn’t normally be expected to write something just for nothing,” he noted.


Highlighting Russia’s extremely important role as Armenia’s biggest economic partner, the expert said he also knows that Armenian businessmen residing in the country have been internally given a warning not send any money to the country against the backdrop of the current political situation.


“That’s a simple scheme,” he said, citing the long queue on the Upper Lars highway just two days after the statement.


Addressing Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s upcoming meeting visit to Moscow and his meeting with President Vladimir Putin, Kocharyan said he expects the talks to focus largely on the Armenian-Russian relations. But he admitted at the same time that the criminal case against Yuri Khachaturov, the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s secretary general, remains so far the only publicly voiced concern.

 

“Russia thinks they are undermining that organization’s reputation. What we see in the press are appeals for recalling him to take further actions against [the colonel general] as a citizen of Armenia,” he added.

 

Kocharyan said he thinks that Armenia will be forced to adjust itself to the other CSTO member states instead of expecting them to adapt themselves to the country’s policy choices.

As another important moment deserving attention, he cited Russia’s non-interference in the period of the April 2016 four-day fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh).


Refraining from any evaluations of future possible scenarios, Kocharyan said he now only fears “lest the developments should negatively impact the continuing strategic alliance”. “Normalizing [our ties] would be the right choice in any case,” he said.

 

Tigranuhi Martirosyan





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