As the Russia-Ukraine crisis unfolds, the Armenian government is casting its diplomatic lot with the Kremlin. Some in Yerevan worry the government is committing a geopolitical blunder by expressing a clear preference for Russia over the West.
While Armenia has always had a special relationship with Russia, and hosts Russian troops on its territory, the government tended to cultivate good relations with the United States and the European Union. However, in recent months, predating the Euromaidan movement’s appearance in Kyiv, Yerevan began to lean strongly in Moscow’s direction, underscored by last fall’s decision of President Serzh Sargsyan’s administration to opt for membership in the Russian-led Customs Union over a stronger EU partnership.
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Emil Danielyan is a journalist based in Yerevan.