Yerevan, January 16 – A member of the Armenian Parliament from the ruling Civil Contract faction, Gurgen Arsenyan, believes that the Russian military presence in the country is not eternal, and without the Russian army, according to him, Armenia will not pose a threat to Turkey and will become just a neighbor. So.
“The Russian military presence in Armenia is the result of the civilized views of the first years of the state’s creation… The Russian military presence is not eternal in Armenia. Armenia will normalize relations with its neighbors, create a platform for good-neighborly relations to ensure possible further development. This is the program of our political team. , ”Arsenyan said in an interview with the news.am website.
In his opinion, as a result, the Russian military presence as a guarantee of security “will become unimportant” at some point.
He added that Armenia’s political leadership in the 1990s viewed the Russian military presence as the country’s “lifeline”, citing an existential threat from Turkey.
Asked what would happen if there were no Russian army in Armenia, Arsenyan said that in this case Turkey would become a normal neighbor for Armenia.
In Gyumri, Shirak region of Armenia, according to an interstate agreement of 1995, a Russian military base has been deployed. In 2010, the document was amended, according to which the period of residence was extended from the original 25 years to 49 years, until the year 2044.