Rostislav Ishchenko: No Armenian Regime Can Be as Russophobic as the Ukrainian One

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The political scientist Rostislav Ishchenko compared the Maidan in Ukraine and the protests in Armenia…

He shared his conclusions with the “” edition.

“The Armenian regime, no matter how it looks, can’t be as Russophobic as the Ukrainian one. The Ukrainian State was initially based on the principle ‘away from Russia’, ‘Russia is the enemy’. The Armenian State was built on other principles and for the last nearly 30 years the stable existence of the Armenian State has been built on a union with Russia. It is impossible to instantly change what has happened for the last thirty years,” noted Ishchenko.

According to him, irrespective of the policy of the new Armenian government, it is impossible to “reprogramme the brains” of the population.

At the same time Ishchenko noted that being a Russophobe isn’t obligatory in order to work against Russia. Thus, if Pashinyan is successful the Russian Federation can be asked to withdraw its base from Gyumri.

“The most dangerous thing is that in Armenia affairs are being led not so much towards establishing pro-American, pro-West authorities, but towards the destabilisation of the situation in general and towards big bloodshed, towards civil war. This is the most difficult situation. Rolling down towards destabilisation and even to civil conflict, Armenia won’t stop being an ally of Russia. And as an ally Russia will have to react somehow,” noted Ishchenko.

Besides this, there is the danger of destabilisation in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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