Fears rise that Armenia could become Russia's 'new Ukraine'

Written by Henrik Rothen

Oct.19 - 2023 2:01 PM CET

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Fears rise that Armenia could become Russia's 'new Ukraine'.

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Armenia's relationship with Russia is under scrutiny as Moscow's influence in the region grows.

The Armenian government's recent decisions have raised concerns that the country could follow in Ukraine's footsteps, becoming another hotspot for Russian intervention.

Armenia has long been considered a Russian ally, hosting a Russian military base and being a member of the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union. However, the Armenian government's recent actions have led to questions about the future of this alliance.

The Armenian government has been taking steps to strengthen its military capabilities independently of Russia. This move has been interpreted by some as an attempt to distance itself from Moscow, similar to actions taken by Ukraine before its conflict with Russia escalated.

"Armenia's actions are a clear signal to Russia," said one political analyst according to Armenian media Azatutyun.

"The country is trying to assert its independence, but this could lead to tensions similar to those seen in Ukraine."

The Armenian government has also been engaging in diplomatic talks with Western countries, further fueling speculation about a shift in its foreign policy. These actions have not gone unnoticed by Russia, which has been increasing its military presence in the region.

The situation is precarious, and experts warn that Armenia should tread carefully to avoid becoming another Ukraine. "Armenia needs to balance its relations with Russia carefully. Any misstep could lead to a situation similar to Ukraine, and that's a scenario no one wants," cautioned another analyst according to the media.

As Armenia navigates its complex relationship with Russia, the international community watches closely, concerned that another conflict could erupt in the region.