Armenia (bbabo.net), - The visit of the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Congress Nancy Pelosi to Armenia at this difficult time for the Transcaucasian republic is evidence of the beginning of a change in the policy of the United States towards the region. Political scientist Richard Giragosyan shared this opinion, writes today, September 19, the information and analytical portal VERELQ.
“This particular visit at a particular time is evidence of a change in policy, a desire to promote Armenian democracy in the light of recent events and the attack of authoritarian Azerbaijan,” the Armenian expert believes.
At the same time, Giragosyan calls on the authorities and the public of Armenia at this stage not to expect more from the United States.
“This is just the beginning of a change in policy. In my opinion, this indicates a greater involvement of the West — the US and the EU in the affairs of the region,” he said.
When asked by a journalist whether he considers it possible for the United States to provide certain security guarantees, Giragosyan noted:
“I am skeptical. In this matter, I think we should avoid the illusion that we can get direct military assistance or weapons from the West.”
According to Giragosyan, "the situation in Ukraine is completely different" and does not come into contact with what is happening in relation to Armenia.
In the interests of national security, Armenia does not seek to join NATO, as Georgia does, but to maintain the maximum balance between Russia and the West, receiving certain benefits from both sides, he is sure.
In this regard, Giragosyan recalled that the fate of Nagorno-Karabakh currently depends mostly on Russian peacekeepers in the region, rather than on the United States and even Armenia itself.
It should be noted that Richard Giragosian's opinion regarding the prospects for Armenian-American relations deserves serious attention, given his work in his time in the analytical divisions of the US Congress and intelligence agencies. So, from 2002 to 2006, he was a visiting lecturer for the US Army Special Forces at the Center and School of Special Warfare. John F. Kennedy at Fort Bragg. Giragosyan also served as a member of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) of the US Congress, was responsible for organizing congressional hearings and conducting analytical research for US lawmakers. Served as the said committee's liaison with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the United States Department of Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
As bbabo.net reported, during a three-day visit to Yerevan (September 17-19), the speaker of the lower house of the US Congress held meetings with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Chairman of the National Assembly Alen Simonyan, Defense Minister Suren Papikyan. The leitmotif of the visit was the desire expressed by the American side to find out “how specifically the United States can help Armenia” against the backdrop of the recent armed escalation on the border with Azerbaijan. At the same time, a signal was sent from the congressmen accompanying Nancy Pelosi that Washington in no way wants to undermine Yerevan’s special security relationship with Moscow.