Reuters: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated in an interview revealed on Sunday that his nation was not Russia’ ally in its warfare towards Ukraine, however pressured its navy cooperation initiatives weren’t directed towards any single nation.
Pashinyan additionally stated he hoped that Armenia’s neighbour and longstanding rival, Azerbaijan, remained dedicated to the conclusion of a sturdy peace treaty regardless of statements by its president about demarcating borders.
Armenia and Azerbaijan fought two main wars up to now 30 years over the disputed territory of (former) Nagorno-Karabakh. The area has lengthy been recognised as a part of Azerbaijan and Azeri troops secured full management over it final September.
Pashinyan has stated in latest months that Armenia may now not depend on Russia to make sure its defence wants as his nation had not secured the assistance it had wanted from Moscow.
In his remarks to Britain’s Every day Telegraph, Pashinyan stated he had stated from the outset of Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine that it couldn’t stand alongside Moscow as an ally.
“I stated, within the Ukraine state of affairs, we’re not Russia’s ally. And that’s the fact,” Pashinyan instructed the day by day.
“However I need to additionally inform you that with the U.S. or France or different companions, our safety cooperation is just not focused towards our different safety sector associate.”
He stated Armenia was approaching the notion of relationships on its safety alliances “by utmost transparently talking with our companions about their shared agendas”.
And Armenia, he stated, had no intention of contemplating membership of NATO — as Ukraine has reaffirmed and Russia has denounced as unacceptable. Nato membership “is just not a query we now have mentioned or are discussing”.
He repeated that Armenia was contemplating whether or not to remain within the Russian-led Collective Safety Treaty Organisation.
On the prospects for a long-term peace take care of Azerbaijan, Pashinyan stated “the fundamental structure” of an settlement had been reached final yr “and on the finish of final yr, it appeared to us that we have been very shut, lastly, to a ultimate textual content of settlement”.
However Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, re-elected in a landslide final week, raised questions in a January interview by saying his troops wouldn’t pull again from border areas. He additionally dismissed the usage of Soviet-era maps in talks as he stated territorial concessions had been made to Armenia final century.