Nothing has changed in Armenian-Turkish relations, everything is the same, says political analyst Yervand Bozoyan. He says the concerns expressed by Serzh Sargsyan during an interview with an in the Argentine newspaper about Russia’s arms sales to Azerbaijan from Russia, had no subtext
“He [Serzh Sargsyan] simply answered the question he had been asked. If asked the same question here, he would have responded in the same way. Here, in Armenia, he simply does not give interviews, and if he ever gives interviews, he knows what questions he will be asked in advice. I do not think he sent a message to Moscow,” said Mr Bozoyan.
Though many in Armenia had been expressing their concerns over Russia’s arms sales to Russia, this was the first time Serzh Sargsyan spoke about it. Heritage Party MP Tevon Poghosyan explains this by Armenia’s new tactics: Serzh Sargsyan is raising the issue before its military partner through media. “This message was not only addressed to Russia but to all countries of our region which made it clear that Azerbaijan can soon use the purchased weapons.”
“Serzh Sargsyan had nothing more to say, otherwise his visit to South America would be pointless,” says political analyst Andrias Ghukasyan. “Argentina and Chile are temporary members of the UN Security Council, and with this, I guess, Sargsyan wanted to understand what is to become of the Karabakh issue, if security goes to the UN”
Mr Ghukasyan does not see any connection between Serzh Sargsyan’s statement and the postponement of Armenia’s membership to the Eurasian Economic Union.