Armenia: U.S. Friend or Russian Proxy?

  • Armenia is allied with Russia in its confrontation with the West. Armenia was one of the 10 rogue states that supported the Russian annexation of Crimea at the United Nations General Assembly along with Syria, North Korea, Sudan, Belarus, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Bolivia. What a company!

  •  On March 19, 2014, Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan initiated a call to Vladimir Putin to personally endorse the Russian annexation of Crimea. As a result, Ukraine recalled its Ambassador to Armenia.

  • Armenia is a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which is Russia’s military counterbalance to NATO.

  •  Armenia is the only South Caucasus country hosting Russian military bases; Armenia’s borders with Turkey and Iran are patrolled by Russian troops. Russia has deployed Iskander- M missile systems in Armenia. These missiles are capable of reaching NATO military assets in the region.

  • Although Armenia is among the largest per capita recipients of US foreign aid, it is spending some $90 million to join the Russian-led Customs Union, an economic counterbalance to the EU.

  • Russian support to Armenia is crucial for sustaining the occupation of some 20% of the internationally-recognized territory of Azerbaijan, which is contrary to several UN Security Council resolutions demanding withdrawal of the occupying forces. The illegal occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia set a precedent for the separatist movement in Moldova, Russia’s land grabs in Georgia and, finally, the annexation of Crimea.

  •  Armenian officials have publicly threatened to attack the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, which provides 40% of Israel’s oil consumption and contributes to energy security of America’s European allies.

  • Armenia is one of the closest allies of Iran, and has helped Iran to skirt sanctions. On February 13, 2014 Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan stated that the enhancement of ties with Tehran is among Yerevan’s “top foreign policy priorities”.

  • Along with Russia and Iran, Armenia enjoys close ties with the Bashar al-Assad’s regime. An Armenian Parliamentary delegation led by MP Samvel Farmanian recently met Bashar al- Assad in Damascus and affirmed Armenia’s “full support for what the Syrian state is doing to restore security and stability in the country”.

Why should American taxpayers subsidize Armenia, Russia’s and Iran’s proxy?

 

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