Time has passed, Pashinyan has already met with Putin and all the passions that past discussions have inflamed in our country have now subsided, but this has not changed the man who controls Armenia now and what are the objectives of all this.
Okay, let's not look at the situation in Armenia from a parochial, strictly Russian, point of view. What about Europe? How does she look upon all that is happening in Armenia? Let's look at France.
It's simple. Hers are the same reasons why Russia also pays great attention to the processes developing in Armenia.
France and Armenia have very strong cultural ties (every year Armenia celebrates the days of the Francophonie, within the framework of decentralized cooperation, many representatives of French local authorities visit Armenia, the French University in Armenia has been in existence for almost 20 years) as well as economic ties (since 2013 no less than 127 million euros have been invested, in particular for the construction of the Vedi reservoir).
And what about France? In the process of renewing the political elite, the new president Macron did not overlook a very important segment of 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 to the National Assembly. They are Jacques Marilossian, Guillaume Kasbaryan, Daniel Ghazaryan and Nadia Essayan (Nadiya Esayan), whose parents are Palestinian and is married to a Lebanese Armenian. It should be noted that another French woman of Armenian origin, Evelyne Renaud-Garabedian, is a member of the Senate. This is in fact unprecedented, considering that, before that, there was only one descendent of Armenians in the French parliament - Patrick Devedjian.
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Armenian President Serge Sarkissian at Elysee Palace on January 23, 2018 in Paris, France.
And when Serzh Sargsyan* came to France in early 2018, the French president publicly announced that France stood by Armenia.
And now what?
The first alarm bell for France sounded when representatives of the "Elk" bloc [the “Way Out Alliance”], 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 (the Collective Security Treaty Organisation, whose members are Russia and 8 former Soviet Republics). What about France, you may ask? And how about the millions of euros invested in the country's economy? How can they be safe if Armenia, which is involved in a territorial conflict, tries to withdraw from the military alliance? Money loves peace and quiet.
Let's remember that in Armenia alone, at least 70 NGOs receive financing or so-called "grants" from branches of the Soros Foundation. The true purpose of the activities of these "grantees" has long been hidden: to infiltrate society (especially the youth) to weaken the country, deepening the gap in relations between neighbors. It is in such murky waters that Soros knows best how to achieve his goals.
See for example how Hungary openly calls Soros an 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 tries to flood the European Union with migrants.
Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic and even Poland, which until recently was considered a staunch ally of the United States, spoke out against the NGOs funded from the USA, the very same who promote world globalization and democracy in its USAmerican acception. George Soros is first in line.
The Italian media remind that Soros openly promised to allocate half a billion dollars for NGOs that help refugees to settle on the European continent. And this (as the journalists put it) "self-interested charity" has nothing to do with helping those in need. But it encourages human trafficking and facilitates the work of smugglers.
Indeed, European countries and France in particular have already had to deal with the power of US NGOs, and understand the point of all this. It is obvious that Armenia doesn’t hold so much interest to overseas strategists as a market and trading partner as a region where USAmerican 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 its investments, and cultural links will also begin to face barriers of misunderstanding in the same way as those that exist between the US and Europe. Armenia will have to pick a side.
As to which path and direction Pashinyan will choose, it is already clear; and in fact, does he have a choice?
At the Presidential inauguration of Armen Sarkisian on 9th of April 2018
Journalists managed to observe in one of the photos taken at an official ceremony the presence of very high-ranking USAmerican officials. They are Martin J. Silverstein, Roger Noriega, and Harry Bernstein.
The first has behind him the experience of diplomatic work (from 2001 to 2005 he was US Ambassador to Uruguay). As part of Donald Trump’s team, he is responsible for the screening and vetting of personnel, being a master organizer of events during the transfer of authorityies from the post-election period to the moment of inauguration. Martin Silverstein is considered one of the most loyal friends of Trump's son in-law, Jared Kushner, who has discreet but considerable connections with the Jewish lobby in Washington and around the world.
The second is Roger Noriega, a skilled lobbyist, part of the "top brass" of the Republican Party of the United States: he is allowed at any time 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 recognized reputation of being notorious Russophobes.
The third "VIP" at Sarkissian’s inauguration is Harry Bernstein, a retired high-ranking CIA officer whose influence in Langley among the heads of special forces and special services only grew after his resignation. As a recognised authority in his field, he advises the Pentagon generals and the top spheres of federal agencies. He transmits to a select few disciples within the CIA his experience of special operations outside the US: after the events of September 11, 2001, it was Bernstein who was responsible for the liquidation of the terrorist cells, including those who attacked the US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.
Will there remain a place for France’s economic and cultural interests? I doubt it very much.
Serzh Sargsyan (English transcription), or Serge Sarkissian (French transcription), was the third president of independent Armenia from 2008 to 2018, and then Prime minister until he resigned to be replaced by Nikol Pashinyan on 8th of May 2018.