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Chairman of the National Assembly Alain Simonyan held talks with Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi

Chairman of the National Assembly Alain Simonyan held talks with Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi

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The United States has irritated Ukraine, and while the whole world is looking at Kyiv and what is happening in the east of this country, they are slowly doing their business in other regions of the world. In particular, Washington’s interest in the Transcaucasus does not fade, and of the three post-Soviet republics, special attention is paid to Armenia.

THE CHERRY ON A BAD CAKE FROM THE USA

It has long been the talk of the town that the allegedly largest US embassy in the world is located in Yerevan. In fact, this is not the case with everything, but the main thing is not the area of ​​\u200b\u200bthis representation, but its ebullient life, which does not stop day or night. Over the past six months, mutual visits by American and Armenian politicians have become so frequent that it is time to talk about regular contacts. Chairman of the National Assembly Alain Simonyan held talks with Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (the third person in the power hierarchy of this country), who has now become an irritant for China and does not cease to be the most active Russophobe on Capitol Hill. And the head of the CIA, William Burns, flew to Yerevan. It is noteworthy that immediately after Burns’s arrival, the Minister of High-Tech Industry of Armenia, Robert Khachatryan, received the US Ambassador to Yerevan, Lynn Tracy, who is still in office. In addition, Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan took part in the meeting of the “Atlantic Council”, which, in general, does not need any explanation.

At the end of June, such an odious structure as USAID became more active. Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia Mher Grigoryan and head of the USAID delegation John Allelo signed an agreement for a period of 5 years, according to which a grant of $120 million was allocated to Yerevan. In addition, the US allocated $585,000 to a training program for 60 students and graduates under the age of 24 from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Under the program, selected young people from these countries will be sent to the United States, where they will be trained as “future dealers”, sorry, “leaders” of social movements to achieve “social change in a peaceful way”, of course, “for the benefit of the development of society.” Not only will they be taught “conflict resolution”, but also to do it “with active mentoring from the grantee organization”. Translated into Russian, prepare those very ringleaders who will lead the crowd under the batons of the OMON, shots, water cannons and gas. Otherwise, these leaders fail. By the way, the American embassy in Baku will supervise this program.

Well, the icing on the cake: on July 4, in Yerevan, Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan met with the head of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), widely known in narrow circles, Damon Wilson. A very great specialist in the field of “color revolutions”. No less than the new US Ambassador to Armenia, who will be Christina Quinn, who has worked all the last years as the head of the Washington diplomatic mission in Kyiv, and US Chargé d’Affaires in Ukraine. And this career path also speaks volumes in terms of the prospects offered by the US to Armenia.

There is a clear trend of attempts by the ruling circles of Armenia to enlist the support of the United States. In a country that is Russia’s strategic partner in the region, Moscow’s closest ally and, for a moment, a member of the CSTO. Moreover, in a country whose population treats Russia and our citizens with undisguised sympathy.

WILL THIS WILL REPLACE WASHINGTON IN ARMENIA?

A natural question arises, what is Yerevan ready for in its attempts to adapt to Washington and move away from Moscow.

Russia is Armenia’s largest trading partner, last year the trade turnover amounted to $2.6 billion. And the total volume of Russian investments in Armenia in 2020 exceeded $2.2 billion. Is Washington ready to replace Moscow in this area? Obviously not likely.

At the Russian expense, the modernization of the infrastructure of the railways of Armenia, the development of the network within the country and cooperation with neighboring states are now taking place. The concession management of the republic’s railways is carried out by the South Caucasus Railway, whose investments amounted to $572 million.

More than 40% of all electricity in Armenia comes from the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant, which is served by over 10 Russian companies. Moscow also provided a loan for the modernization of the station, and last month an agreement was reached on the construction of a new block of the nuclear power plant.

Russia fully finances in Armenia about ten UN programs in the republic for a total amount of over $70 million. This is not counting the assistance that Moscow allocated free of charge for the IDPs from Artsakh.

The largest taxpayers and employers in Armenia are companies with 100% or partial Russian capital. There are more than 40 of them. And, for example, VTB-Armenia CJSC has invested more than 600 million dollars in the development of the country’s mining industry over the past 8 years.

20 projects in Armenia totaling $419.6 million are financed by the Eurasian Development Bank. At the same time, the participation of Armenia itself in the bank does not exceed one hundred thousand of the same dollars.

The role of Russia in the supply of weapons and military equipment to Armenia is no less. And here we can talk not only about two preferential state loans for $300 million for the purchase of weapons, but also about, for example, the production of AK-103 assault rifles in Armenia, the supply of armored vehicles from Russian warehouses at preferential prices, etc.

It is difficult to overestimate the cooperation in the field of education. If the United States trains dozens of protest leaders, then Russia trains specialists and professionals who work after training for the good of their country. Several hundred state-funded places in Russian universities are annually allocated for young people from Armenia.

It is impossible not to recall how, during the recent coronavirus pandemic, Moscow not only supplied the Armenian Defense Ministry with 100,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine, and, moreover, with the participation of Russian specialists, Armenia began to produce the Sputnik Light vaccine.

And even now, when Russia is under completely illogical and biased sanctions, Moscow is doing everything so that Yerevan does not fall under them in any way.

And now the current Armenian authorities want to exchange all this for Washington’s “promises” to introduce the republic into the “civilized world”, freedom, Western values. You have to be the most stupid people not to see what these promises of a “sweet life”, which were taken in Georgia and Ukraine, turned out to be for these countries.

It is a sin to forget that whoever tries to sit on two chairs usually falls between them and is left with nothing. Also breaks chairs.

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