The arrival of US soldiers for a peacekeeper training exercise in Armenia has rankled the Russian government, which has for decades acted as the sole security guarantor for the former Soviet republic. The 10-day “Eagle Partner” exercise, which began Monday, involves 85 US and 175 Armenian soldiers and aims to prepare the Armenians to take part in international peacekeeping missions.

The exercise, while small in scale, is the latest in a series of what Russia’s foreign ministry has deemed “unfriendly actions” taken by its traditional ally.

Armenia recently sent humanitarian aid to Ukraine for the first time, and its parliament is set to ratify the International Criminal Court’s Rome Statute – meaning it would be obliged to arrest Russian President Vladimir Putin if he were to set foot in the country, which Russia has long viewed as its own backyard.

Armenia’s flirtation with new international partners has been spurred by its frustration that Russia has been unable or unwilling to defend it against what it sees as aggression from neighboring Azerbaijan, and has raised questions about Russia’s ability to retain its hold on countries and conflicts across the former Soviet empire.

Armenian President Nikol Pashinyan said his country was beginning to taste the “bitter fruits” of the “strategic mistake” of trusting Russia with near-exclusive responsibility for his country’s defense.

“Armenia’s security architecture 99.999% was linked to Russia,” he told Italian newspaper La Repubblica earlier this month. “But today we see that Russia itself is in need of weapons… Even if it wishes so, the Russian Federation cannot meet Armenia’s needs.”

Edit: As Furball commented, Pashinyan is the Prime Minister of Armenia

  • Fushuan [he/him]
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    10 months ago

    So basically, you agree with the point that trusting Russia to defend them was not a good idea since their support was late when Armenia needed it.

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      10 months ago

      I’m laying down the complicated geopolitics of Caucasus, which you seem to be completely ignorant of.

      Armenia would not have lost Karabakh if it wasn’t for their desire to move closer with the West 🤣

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        10 months ago

        you doesn’t make any sense.

        Well you do because you deform the fact.

        Azeris attack Armenia. Armenia call Russia for help, Russia didn’t move. Armenia get crush by azeris Russia, after a long time, just intervene to say “Ok time to stop but good run azeris you can keep the land”. AFTER that Armenia began its rapprochement with the West

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          10 months ago

          You know nothing about the Caucasus. Your timeline is wrong:

          1. Armenia has been occupying Azeri land since the war in the 90s. Azerbaijan could not do anything because Russia supported Armenia.
          2. In 2018 the government of Armenia gets toppled by Pashinyan, a pro-West politician. Russia stops protecting Armenia and in 2020 Azerbaijan moves in to take back Karabakh.
          3. Armenia is crushed in the battle (no surprises there!). This is a very one-sided fight and Armenia has no chance.
          4. Russia steps in at the last minute to save Armenia from total failure. The resulting peace deal is very generous to Armenia given how poorly it did in the battle.

          The second Karabakh war happened only because of the 2018 coup in Armenia which gave control of Armenia to a pro-Western government. Without Russian support there was nothing Armenia could do to stop Azerbaijan taking back the land that was stolen in the first Karabakh war.