Moscow Attacks Armenia

Haik Aramyan, Lragir.am, 11 April 2013

Today the acting Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and the president of the board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Victor Christenko signed a Memorandum of Cooperation. This is the same Christenko who called Armenia an exclave when Tigran Sargsyan explained that Armenia could not join the Customs Union due to not having common borders with member states. However, apparently, the logic of exclave has won, and Armenia has signed this memorandum.

Haik Aramyan, Lragir.am, 11 April 2013

Today the acting Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and the president of the board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Victor Christenko signed a Memorandum of Cooperation. This is the same Christenko who called Armenia an exclave when Tigran Sargsyan explained that Armenia could not join the Customs Union due to not having common borders with member states. However, apparently, the logic of exclave has won, and Armenia has signed this memorandum.

In other words, it was laid down that Armenia is not a sovereign state. Now Russia needs to force Armenia to join the Eurasian Union. Without Armenia this union will have no meaning. Otherwise, the Russians would not persist. Besides, there is an issue of saving the face of Armenia who has put forth the idea of Eurasian Union on the eve of his second term.

Armenia did not take them much effort. During the post-electoral process the Russian Public Council stated, proceeding from records sent from Armenia, that it will set to study financial misuse by former and present Armenian officials who are related to Russian businesses in Armenia. And there are very many cases which are regularly reported by the mass media, such as Nairit, ARG, railway, other companies and sectors. In addition, CSTO has expanded the mandate of its quick reaction forces to intervene in the domestic affairs of its member states. CSTO Secretary General Borduzha stated that the member states are making efforts to destabilize the situation.

On April 9 the quick reaction forces were not used although the situation could have escalated to that point. Instead, all the factors are in place to force the Armenian government to sign the memorandum of the Customs Union. And not only. The Armenian press regularly reports interest of Moscow in one company or infrastructure. What will this memorandum bring to Armenia apart from limiting its sovereignty? Maybe, some investments and growth of Russian business. However, the key purpose is to stop diversification of the foreign policy of Armenia in the direction of the West, more exactly, diversification of integration with the Western organizations and foreign policy.

It should be noted, however, that Russia lacks the resources required for keeping a new empire. Moscow can hardly sustain its own regions. Besides, serious political developments are awaiting Eurasia, and Russia will have to face challenges all alone or to surrender to the West. Russia needs to have the sovereignty of its partners totally eliminated by the time it gets to that milestone to ensure that they integrate with the Western organizations as Russia’s exclaves. The Eurasian Union and Customs Union will remain on paper. The signature of Armenia will remain as a stigma of the Armenian present.

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  1. Eurasian Union

    Armenia knows that if it joins the Eurasia Union it can't associate with the European Union, as your previous editorial pointed out. So Armenia's current decision is perplexing.

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