Moscow views the EU civilian mission in Armenia as an attempt to push Russia out of the region. This was announced by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.
“Unfortunately, this is not the first time when we note the desire of the European Union and the entire West to strengthen our ally Armenia in every possible way, and we see in these attempts an exclusively geopolitical background, far from the interests of the real settlement of relations in Transcaucasia. Everything is being done to push Russia out of the region and weaken its historical role as the main guarantor of security. Publicly expressed negative assessments regarding this initiative of Baku are ignored,” said Zakharova.
Let us remind you that on February 20, the activities of the EU observation mission in Armenia started, and the main headquarters of the mission was opened in Yeghegnadzor. Based on its oil and gas interests, the EU is trying to change the security image of the region by introducing its model of the security system. For EU countries with acute energy needs, this is first of all important for access to the resources of the Caspian Sea, and then for access to Central Asia.
As for Baku’s reaction, this proves the false nature of the statement of the de facto Prime Minister of Armenia, according to which the EU mission is being deployed in Armenia because official Baku considers the deployment of the Russian contingent in Armenia as a threat. Because the mission does not have the mandate to curb Azerbaijani aggression, we can unequivocally claim that this is the long-term plan of the West to strengthen its position in the South Caucasus.
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