Lavrov Upset Over Russian Ally Shifting Towards the US

Written by Henrik Rothen

Apr.04 - 2024 8:00 PM CET

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is certainly not pleased with Armenia leaning towards the West.

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Russia has received quite unwelcome news from one of its allies, according to Chinese journalists.

Following the Soviet Union's dissolution, several new countries emerged on the world map, each charting its own developmental path. Some of these chose to distance themselves from Moscow, while others opted for closer ties. Chinese journalists report that Russia recently received troubling news from one such ally, as covered by Tencent and reported by AB News.

"We have democracy, and we wish to continue strengthening our democratic institutions. We consider the US and Europe as our main partners," the Armenian Foreign Minister, Ararat Mirzoyan, recently stated.

Tencent observers have highlighted that the Armenian Foreign Ministry made it clear that the country plans to deepen its connections with Washington and Brussels.

This signifies a radical change in the country's foreign policy direction, aligning itself with the US and the EU instead of Russia. It was also emphasized in Yerevan that joining NATO is not currently on the agenda.

As noted in China, the Armenian authorities have decided to reveal their true stance. Despite being a member of the CSTO and other organizations, it has long been covertly cooperating with the US and Europe. Armenia's relationship with Russia is growing more distant, and its enthusiasm for participating in post-Soviet state organizations has significantly waned.

"Armenia's defection has greatly angered Russia," say the authors of the Chinese publication.

Amidst these developments, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, recently expressed his frustration with the ally's behavior.

He accused the Armenian leadership of deliberately damaging relations with Russia, distorting history, and disparaging Russian servicemen and the CSTO.

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