What Should France Expect from Pashinyan?

By Andrew Belkin

 

Time has passed, Pashinyan already met with Putin and all the passions of past discussions in our country have subsided, but this has not changed the man who controls Armenia now and the goals that all of this is happening for.

Okay, let’s leave aside the view of the situation in Armenia from our Russian bell tower. And what about Europe? How does she look at all that is happening in Armenia? Let’s look at France.

Why France?

It’s simple. These are exactly the same reasons why Russia also pays great attention to the processes in Armenia.

France and Armenia have very strong as cultural ties (every year Armenia marks the days of the Francophonie, in the framework of decentralised cooperation, many representatives of French local governments visit Armenia, the French University in Armenia has been working for almost 20 years) and economic ties (starting in 2013 at least 127 million euros have been invested, in particular for the construction of the reservoir of Vedi).

And what about France? In the process of renewing the elite the new president, Macron, also did not forget the very important segment for French society – the Armenian community. As a result, according to the results of the parliamentary elections held last year, out of 5 candidates of Armenian origin, four were elected deputies of the National Assembly. They are Jacques Marilossian, Guillaume Kasbaryan, Daniel Ghazaryan and Nadiya Esayan (the latter is a Palestinian, whose husband is Lebanese Armenian). It should be noted that another Armenian, Evlin Reno-Garabedian, is a member of the Senate. This is in fact unprecedented, considering that before this there was only one Armenian in the French parliament – Patrick Devedjian.

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And when Serzh Sargsyan came to France in early 2018, the French president publicly announced that France was close to Armenia.

And now what?

The first alarm bell for France sounded: representatives of the “Elk” bloc (and not least Mr. Pashinyan himself) initiated a “discussion” in parliament on the withdrawal of Armenia from interstate agreements with the Eurasian Economic Union and the CSTO. It would seem, and where is France? And how about the millions of euros invested in the country’s economy? How can they be safe if Armenia, which has a territorial conflict, tries to withdraw from the military bloc? Money loves peace and quiet.

Let’s remember that in Armenia alone at least 70 NGOs receive financing or so-called “grants” from the Soros Foundation’s branches. The true purpose of the activities of these “grantees” has long been hidden: to work in the circles of the republican society (especially among the youth) in order to weaken the situation in the country, strengthening the gap in relations with neighbors. But in this muddy water Soros and seeks to earn the way he knows how.

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For example, Hungary directly calls Soros the enemy of the state. In the opinion of the Hungarian prime minister, Soros “destroys the lives of millions of Europeans with his financial speculations”, and also tries to flood the European Union with migrants.

Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and even Poland, which until recently was considered an unshakable ally of the United States, spoke out against NGOs funded from the United States – those who promote the world’s globalisation and democracy in its American sense. George Soros got the most.

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Italian media reminded that Soros openly promised to allocate half a billion dollars for NGOs that help refugees to move to the European continent. And this, according to journalists, “selfish charity” has nothing to do with helping those in need, but encourages trafficking in people and spurs the work of smugglers.

Europeans, and France in particular, have already encountered such power of American NGOs and understand why this is all going on. It is obvious that Armenia as a market and trading partner is not interested in overseas strategists as much as the region where American military outposts with missile defense complexes could be deployed.

I am afraid that with this approach to business and with such a reversal of the situation, France will lose all of its investments and cultural contacts will also begin to face barriers of misunderstanding in the same way as between the US and Europe. Armenia will have to choose a side.

And it is already known what path and direction Pashinyan will choose, and, indeed, was he able to choose something independently?

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Journalists managed to examine one of the photo-frames of the solemn ceremony and see the presence of very high-ranking American people. They are Martin J. Silverstein, Roger Noriega, and Harry Bernstein.

The first one has behind him the experience of diplomatic work (from 2001 to 2005 he was the US Ambassador to Uruguay). As part of the team, Donald Trump is responsible for reshuffling personnel – being a master in organising events – for the transfer of authority from the post-election period to the moment of inauguration. Martin Silverstein is considered as one of the most loyal friends of Trump’s son in-law, Jared Kushner, who has unreachable but immense influential connections with the Jewish lobby in Washington and around the world.

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The second is Roger Noriega, a skilled lobbyist, part of the “top” Republican Party of the United States, is able at any time to have unimpeded access to the current head of the State Department, Mike Pompeo, and to the presidential adviser for national security, John Bolton. Both Pompeo and Bolton have a generally recognised reputation of notorious Russophobes.

The third “VIP” at the inauguration of Sarkisian is Harry Bernstein, a retired high-ranking CIA officer who, after retirement, only strengthens his influence in Langley among the heads of special forces and special services. The rights of the most authoritative professional are advised by the Pentagon generals and the power bloc of federal agencies. Sending to the CIA his chosen students the experience of special operations outside the US, it was Bernstein, after the events of September 11, 2001, who was responsible for the liquidation of the terrorist cells, including those who attacked the US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.

Will a place remain for France with its economic and cultural interests? I very much doubt it.

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