Russia’s plans to keep selling guns to both Armenia and Azerbaijan, no matter if the Caucasus’ two irascible neighbors use them against each other, is feeding growing Armenian frustration with their only strategic ally.
Armenia’s Parliamentary Deputy Speaker Hermine Naghdalian on April 15 described as “rude” and “unacceptable” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin’s earlier description of Armenian protests against Russian arms sales to Azerbaijan as “demagoguery.”
The exchange comes on the heels of a four-day flare-up in frontline violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan that was the worst since the signature of a ceasefire in 1994. With tensions still running high, how Russia chooses to support Armenia, the only South Caucasus member of Moscow’s economic and military alliances, matters much to Armenians.
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