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  • Why Is Russia Bringing Fighter Aircraft to Armenia? - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    that they will be used in defending the borders of CIS On December 31 Vladimir Putin signed the updated strategy of the Russian national security According to it Russia intends to take its place in the world which will have multiple centers In other words Russia admits that the world has one pole and Russia is not that single pole At the same time Moscow considers NATO expansion towards the east and the attempts of certain countries to hinder integration in the Eurasian space as a threat In other words Moscow announces that it wants to become a pole and integrate its own region In fact the warplanes brought to the Russian base in Armenia will confront attempts to hinder Eurasian integration and help Russia strengthen its foothold in the region These planes will hinder the appearance of other guarantees of security in Armenia offered by the main pole i e the United States and NATO The question is how long the main pole will continue to offer Last July the Armenian deputy minister of defense Davit Tonoyan left for the United States where he met with high ranking officials of the State Department and Pentagon They spoke about some

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  • Final Stage of Building New World Order: Where Does Armenia Stand? - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    by the United States There are a lot of forces in the world which are resisting but there are many more which are trying to seek a place in the future world order which will be established one way or another This world order will not be based on oil and gas but on totally different achievements in technology namely the information and communication technology their use in other spheres of life as well as new sources of power The dropping price of oil as many experts claim symbolizes the end of the oil era and the beginning of the energy revolution Car giants are expanding hybrid and electric car production Every now and then alternative sources of energy are discovered Denmark intends to end the use of oil and gas altogether in a few years The world is changing fast and geopolitical transformation is inevitable So far those who controlled production and transportation of carbohydrates and possessed massive destruction weapons ruled the world Now the situation is changing Power belongs to those who control the worldwide web new energy technologies and can defend themselves from massive destruction weapons with global missile defense systems This is taken into account when they say a new world order is being established headed by the United States In the recent years the United States has been able to set up monopolistic control over the core financial technological defense spheres Now it is time for the next step set up an order in the world which will match the interests of the United States and its allies This is happening in the Near East where the world order established 100 years ago is ending The South Caucasus cannot stay aloof Ashot Yeghiazaryan says a development area and a peripheral area is forming in the

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  • Problems of Armenia with EU and NATO - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    problems of Armenia with its neighbors specifically and has traditionally participated in the destiny of Armenia since the time of President Wilson Besides one has to understand that the incident between Armenia and the European Union has no relation to the United States And the European Union has apparently varying opinions and attitudes to Armenia s decision it will be clarified in the nearest future but now they have to make sure that the Europeans would not want to make serious decisions on and make commitments to Armenia One can only analyze specific statements results of meetings and understand moods in the European Union Such lack of confidence must have destroyed the attitude of NATO to Armenia There can be no doubt Armenia suffered a big loss in the alliance and NATO will hardly be willing to expand its cooperation with Armenia without a principal decision of the Western community on Armenia At the same time the current mechanics of NATO Armenia relations i e in the framework of certain programs is such that NATO cannot refuse Armenia s participation in cooperation with it A lot will depend on the will and desire of Armenia its willingness to develop cooperation with NATO Most experts note that Washington has little information on these events There was a not very wide coverage in the mass media namely the conservative media which as a rule are related to Russia and their opinion cannot be considered as adequate It would be incorrect not to pay attention that certain circles in the United States understand the situation of Armenia and its intentions correctly and with some compassion There is no need to doubt that all the possible initiatives of Armenia in the framework of cooperation with NATO will be readily accepted by the alliance NATO needs and does not imagine its future activities without close cooperation with new partners This stems from new decisions and strategies of the alliance and in the next summit the idea of cooperation with new partners will be elaborated At present there is no information on new proposals even new programs but there is information that NATO understands such research must be carried out There can be no considerations on possible claims to the EU and NATO about lack of guarantees of security because the foreign relations of these structures have their own rules and are based on agreements with different countries Development of relations with them brings the countries close to a safer situation in the world because countries with aggressive intentions are awkward about their position in NATO and the EU However in terms of security both structures are adapted to more secure conditions Armenia is in specific conditions and it is very difficult to get used to such conditions NATO and the European Union have no plans for the case of a military conflict between Armenia and Turkey or Armenia and Azerbaijan At best they will assume a definite political situation and organizational issues with decision making

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  • Wave of Sudden Deaths in Russia: Life After Putin - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    key actors of the Russian military operation in Ukraine Was the sudden death of two generals a tragic coincidence or not This is the first question asked after news about the sudden death of two generals came In addition the dominant opinion as that such coincidence is unlikely at such a level And the circumstance that the two generals were key actors in the Crimean events leads the public to assumptions that the ongoing is related to the developments that followed the Ukrainian crisis leading Russia to an economic plight And the economic crisis was the basis for a political governance crisis And since Russia is an authoritarian country where everything is based on the Tsar s in this case Putin s authority and for its part it was related to high prices of oil and gas and other economic resources the economic crisis may automatically lead to a crisis of authoritarianism And when the public institutions and the political system are imperfect titular the crisis may get already tragic expressions when not only undesirable opposition activists but also representatives of the government may leave The mystical developments in the Russian system of governance are not something new One remembers Putin s week of disappearance The Russian president did not show up in public events on television his visit and meeting with Nazarbayev and Lukashenko in Astana was postponed And if in 2000 after he came to government everyone wondered who Mr Putin was several months ago everyone asked where Mr Putin was Eventually he reappeared but other questions occurred such as whether it was the same Putin who had disappeared or his second arrival was a new situation the result of a new situation when not just fatigue but generally political viability political existence is concerned What is going

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  • Turkey-Armenia Relations: NATO's Evaluation - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    the South Caucasus even in case of resumption of war between Armenia and Azerbaijan Turkey is following attentively the situation and processes in the South Caucasus and the Black Sea region and is reacting operatively raising relevant issues in NATO bringing very valuable information NATO is used to considering the developments in this region in accordance with the initiatives of Turkey using the information it possesses It should be noted that Turkey s reaction to these developments is always reserved and aimed at the political participation of NATO in alleviating tension in the region Experts interviewed by us think that Turkey is so closely linked to NATO and separate countries of the West that it bewares occurrence of a military conflict in the South Caucasus there is no reason for Turkey to be interested in military actions Experts noted that the Near East is a priority of the Turkish foreign policy and this direction alone takes all of the country s political resources While Turkey is busy dealing with the problems of the Near East it is not capable of political activity in the South Caucasus especially in Central Asia In answer to the question what will happen when Turkey s policy in the Near East is exhausted for one reason or another NATO experts announced that in fact the problem is not in the Near East Turkey s foreign political actions are limited to its commitments to NATO It cherishes its relations with NATO the United States other member states of the alliance and the European Union on which its economic and political wellbeing as well as its security depend For example now Turkey has many reasons for military intervention in its neighboring regions Iraq and Syria because the ongoing developments threaten its security However it cannot do it without agreeing with NATO As to the need for integration of the Eastern European countries including Armenia with NATO NATO is working out new approaches to development of partnership with countries which are not in NATO It is noted that many NATO member states are interested in Armenia and they are ready to lobby for the participation of Armenia in the processes of integration with NATO These are countries like France Germany Greece Poland Slovakia and possibly Bulgaria As to the United Kingdom it prefers viewing the integration of the countries of the South Caucasus with NATO on the condition of promoting the settlement of conflicts In answer to the question whether the United Kingdom lobbies the interests of Azerbaijan in NATO experts answered that this is the first time they heard about this and nothing of the kind can happen unilaterally Any interest and any intention have time factors and a lot may change in the course of regional developments It is understood that the United States has changed its intentions and interests in the Near East as well as in its adjacent regions In this case no doubt is left that it is impossible to analyze the U

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  • Normalization That Will Fundamentally Change the World - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    these two institutes is of interest In an extended discussion on the problems of Iran we tried to clarify aspects relating to security issues in the South Caucasus Turkey and Armenia A summary of opinions and assessments of these and other experts representing other think tanks of Washington allows for the following conclusions The Americans have assessed the losses of not only Iran in the result of sanctions but also the losses of their companies for the same reason The American companies lost 7 12 billion dollars of sales minimum annually However spending should be calculated in a different way Would the United States spend that much money in the Near East and Middle East if the relations with Iran were not confrontational Would the military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan be necessary The U S Iran partnership will lead to cardinal change of the geopolitical situation in vast areas extending from Maghreb to China as well as the rest of the world No other opinion can be there on how positive the results of normalization of the U S Iranian relations can be however it has caused big concerns both in the United States and other countries The friends of Israel in the United States having lost the fight for strikes in Syria despite mobilization of all the positive political resources ran into the new problem and threat relating to the U S Iran normalization According to one of the prominent representatives of a leading organization in the United States the game had been lost before it started The establishment is sick and tired with a lot in foreign policy first of all the confrontation with Iran which has absolutely no motives Earlier the adepts of Iran among the U S experts were experts of Iranian origin and were in a situation of legal underground now entire think tanks support normalization This is what the opinion and position of the political leadership even of such a democratic country as the United States means Iran conducts a filigree policy in this situation trying to demonstrate maximum tolerance and compromise sending messages to Washington through different unofficial channels which is perceived appropriately Resistance in Washington is rather strong but it often includes teams which failed their work in the previous administrations B Obama is highly cautious and the Department of State is even more cautious whereas Pentagon feels the situation more confidently and realistically perhaps understanding better in what situation Iran has appeared and in what situation the United States is The movement of resistance in the United States has already set up relations with countries which are not interested in the U S Iran normalization It is primarily Turkey Pakistan Saudi Arabia Russia and other smaller countries in Asia Minor However the leader of supporters of normalization is the United Kingdom and it is difficult to go against this heavy weight of global politics and in this case it is altogether meaningless Iran is trying to gather information on what

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  • NATO's Proposals to Armenia - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    touch upon issues relating to the CSTO leadership decision making and international relations The programs of cooperation between NATO and the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia do not contradict the interests of Russia and CSTO NATO programs include objectives of reforms in the armed forces general preparedness of the troops education and training as well as border control which is also highly important to NATO In regard to cooperation with the countries of Eastern Europe the issue of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe is an important unresolved issue NATO would love to return Russia to CFE and to ensure the full functioning of this treaty Armenia could also play an important role in supporting the legitimacy of this Treaty It is meaningless to talk about CFE with the arms race in the South Caucasus especially the arming of Azerbaijan There is no functional control over conventional forces because there are a lot of controversies in international law One of the important directions of NATO activities is the development of cooperation with partners outside the alliance NATO understands that it cannot resolve all the problems especially in certain regions and is trying to attract partners Partners in North Africa the Near East and the South Caucasus are primary A lot has been done and now such issues as development of a concept of cooperative security interoperability and standardization such as of fuel have arisen NATO notes that one cannot envy the geographical location of Armenia which supposes cooperation with not only Russia and CSTO but also the Atlantic community Armenia is aware of the necessity for close cooperation with NATO and this is the most important thing evidence to which is the Armenian contingent in Afghanistan A crucial source of threats in the South Caucasus is Iran s policy which is up for becoming a leader of holding more important positions in the region Iran is provoking the Arab states relations with Azerbaijan are aggravating which leads to a confrontation in the Turkish Iranian relations In regard to the situation in Iran close and friendly relations between Iran and Armenia arouse a big interest in the West which are unique relations between Christian and Islamic countries in the current complicated situation Armenia could play a big role in the growth of mutual understanding between Iran and the West including with NATO As one of the experts interviewed by us said if Turkey wants to play a definite role in the Iran West relations why wouldn t Armenia play an analogical role An important document will be the concept relating to crisis management which requires the UN mandate This concept will clarify the real and actual conditions of emergence and settlement of conflicts and crisis situations including with the use of military force In this respect it is important to realize how the sovereign decision of countries should be combined with principles of collective defense as a means of intimidation Recently NATO has focused on large scale issues

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  • If Azerbaijan Has No Other Way - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    Baku maybe also with Moscow The Karabakh issue is the only issue so far on which Washington and Moscow come to terms So far they have agreed on one point maintenance of the status quo However a change in the situation in the greater region of the Near East will lead to change in the situation and in the area of the Karabakh conflict And the world powers primarily the United States would love to strengthen its positions in the region Installing American equipment on the Armenian Azerbaijani border is at first sight at attempt to strengthen of the current status quo However in a wider sense this is a fundamental change of the situation emergence of American equipment in the conflict area neutralization of Azerbaijan consequent strengthening of Armenia and its bias for another international security system Obviously Azerbaijan and Russia are doing everything to make sure that American equipment does not appear in Karabakh The question is whether Washington will decide to impose peace on Azerbaijan Baku is discussing actively two bills submitted to the U S Confress which envisage sanctions on the Azerbaijani government In fact these bills pose threat to not only the ruling regime but also the Azerbaijani state on the whole The chief of staff of the president administration Vigen Sargsyan has hinted that soon the international community will take action to contain Azerbaijan s aggression If this is about the U S proposals agreed with Russia a change in the situation in the region should be expected This depends on to what extent the United States is ready to press on Azerbaijan Baku based experts are already calling the leadership for a compromise with the United States such as release the main political prisoners Obviously though the United States needs not only release

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