If Armenians want to feel safe, they have got to speak Russian, Moscow’s propagandist-in-chief, Russian media-personality Dmitry Kiselyov, has instructed Russia’s somewhat reluctant Caucasus ally, Armenia.
“I sat in a cab today and the 20-year-old guy could not even count in Russian,” complained the head of the Russian state news service, Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today), at a June 11 parliamentary gathering in the Armenian capital, Yerevan. A tense exchange with Armenian politicians ensued.
While the line may sound like an ignorant tourist's throwaway complaint, the comments, in the context of Russian-Armenian relations, chafed a sensitive nerve. Many Armenians think that their country already has compromised much of its sovereignty by becoming increasingly dependent on Russian money, energy and defense. Criticism delivered in the style of a colonial master does nothing to correct that view.
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