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Posted 31 October 2018 - 10:08 AM

Bolton’s Visit, U.S. Reasserts its Heavy Hand on Armenia

 

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U.S, National Security Advisor John Bolton during his meeting with Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Yerevan on Oct. 25, 2018

BY ARA KHACHATOURIAN

Not since the failed and dangerous Turkey-Armenia Protocols has the United States been so keen on pressuring Armenia to adapt to American priorities in the region.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton’s trip last week to Armenia, where he offered to sell arms and urged the government to take “decisive” steps regarding Karabakh, signals yet another attempt by Washington to coerce—or threaten—Yerevan to alter its priorities in favor of advancing U.S. interests in the region.

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills set the groundwork in his farewell interview with EVN Report, where he said that territorial concessions by Armenia are an inevitable part of the peace process and while Armenia was free to pursue its own independent foreign policy, it would behoove Yerevan to toe Washington’s line when it came to regional issues.

Bolton’s bold offer to sell arms to Armenia not only would tip the balance of parity in the region, it would also pit Armenia directly against Russia, which has been Armenia’s main arms supplier. Hence, it is ironic that Bolton would call Russian arms sales to Azerbaijan and Armenia disruptive and unproductive for the Karabakh peace process and yet offer both countries to buy arms from the United States without presenting guarantees that such a transaction, which until now has not been on the table, would not create an imbalance in the region.

Given the size of Azerbaijan’s military budget, such a proposal would be dangerous and would bolster Azerbaijan’s political sway with the Trump administration.

 

Read more:  http://asbarez.com/1...and-on-armenia/



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Posted 31 October 2018 - 10:09 AM

it was heartening that Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Saturday directly addressed Bolton’s comment by saying “The entity that will or will not resolve the Karabakh issue is the Armenian Nation, and specifically the people of Armenia, the people of Artsakh and in this case also the Diaspora, because this is a Pan-Armenian issue.”

It is time for the United States to stop advancing a policy in the region that will only benefit Azerbaijan—a military dictatorship—and begin advancing issues such as the people’s right to self-determination—a vanguard and guiding principle of America’s forefathers.



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Posted 31 October 2018 - 10:56 AM

no russia will punish Armenia just like in early 90s 



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Posted 31 October 2018 - 12:39 PM

The old adage comes to mind: Ah Columbus, Columbus, f... your curiosity.

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Posted 31 October 2018 - 01:41 PM

US will never leave it's NATO ally Turkey and oil exporting Azveryland  in order to help Armenia. Main reason for this is to isolate Iran and Russia, we can't pick sides because Russia wasn't any more help than US. Armenia is just a foot soldier for both sides, there aren't even sergeants in there let alone generals. 






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