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 international coverage in the course of 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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Its army and military technology was used for a ruthless deportation of Armenian villages, for terrorizing peaceful residents of Karabakh. And the Russian people, mislead by the deceitful propaganda unfortunately remained as outside observer. 18 Symptomatic of his times, the speaker draws a separation between the decisions of the Bolshevik government and the traditional orientation of the Russian people. The important underlying message is the Russia 27 organic, inevitable nature of Russian-Armenian ties, which confirms the historically sanctioned role of Russia in the region and more specifically, in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Russia itself has never said that. This, my fellow citizens, is your invention. It is you who have placed your hopes on those powers and are now disillusioned … The Russians are refusing to accept your definition of their interests, but you insist on teaching them. It also does not make sense to be enemies with Russia. Not to rely on Russia, not to make plans based on its power does not at all mean to be enemies with Russia. Let us be friends, but let us not rely on them, be fully devoted to them, believe so much that they are our saviors.

Both were war veterans and both had strong and hardheaded personalities. Sarkisyan however was more charismatic, had close ties with the Russian military establishment, and by virtue of being local had more influence in Armenia. Polls conducted before the May 1999 parliamentary elections revealed Kocharyan’s surprising unpopularity among Armenians. Russia 41 The May elections resulted in the most impressive alignment on the Armenian political landscape since independence. For the first time, leading positions in the government were to be occupied by three strong leaders, Kocharyan, Sarkisyan, and Demirchyan.

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