Armenia, the Regional Powers, and the West: Between History by A. Mirzoyan

By A. Mirzoyan

This paintings represents the 1st systematic learn of Armenia's overseas coverage throughout the post-independence interval, among 1991 and 2005. It explores 4 units of relationships with Armenia's significant old 'partners': Russia, Iran, Turkey and the West (Europe and the United States).

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Russian reaction to the modified Armenian position was mixed. ” In May 2000, answering a reporter’s question about his relationship with Putin, the Armenian president commented, “[W]e are both the same age. ”79 In September 2000, a series of agreements were signed between Armenia and Russia on the restructuring of the Armenian debt, on military issues, and on cooperation in the energy sphere. Under one of the agreements, the defense ministries agreed on the joint use of troops formed in case military threats arise to both Russia and Armenia.

The genocide, the resulting influx of the Armenians to the Russian Transcaucasus and subsequently the establishment of the Bolshevik rule, has reaffirmed the role of Russia as a guarantor of physical survival of the nation. ” The cornerstone of the struggle was the conception of dependence on the outside powers, particularly Russia for achieving the liberation of the Western Armenian Russia 23 provinces from the Ottoman yoke. 5 Their contact with the Western culture occurred through the Russian intellectual circles and was instrumental in the emergence of modern Armenian national idea.

75 The position of the ruling elite was that the time arrived for Russia to demonstrate more concrete gestures and define the relationship in symmetrical terms, and as mutually beneficial. ”76 The shadow of the United States over the region, and the increasing need to engage in multiple partnerships, created a sense of urgency to clarify the parameters of Armenia’s cooperation with Moscow. ”78 This doctrine was endorsed by Kocharyan and reflected his firm belief in the opportunities available to Armenia, without having to sacrifice on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue.

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