AZERBAIJAN IS A TOOL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST IRAN
Russia's passivity in the issue of Iran is temporary, says Ruben Safrastyan, Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Armenian National Academy of Sciences.
"If the West continues its military preparations and reaches the climax, Russia, as a nuclear superpower, will take appropriate diplomatic actions," he said.
Anyway, if the U.S. and Great Britain decide to take large-scale actions against Iran, they will use the territory of Azerbaijan. In return, Baku will want to settle the Karabakh issue in a military way. Mr Safrastyan says Azerbaijan is already considering the scenario of Iran's dismemberment. "Azerbaijan may also try to take aggressive measures against Iran, using the factor of South Azerbaijan," he said.
In the given circumstances, Armenia should preserve neutrality as it did in 2008 during the Russian-Georgian conflict.
Ruben Safrastyan hopes that the crisis in Iran will help activate Armenia's diplomacy.
While maintaining good relations with Iran, Russia and the United State, Armenia can come become a mediator between the conflicting sides," he said.
- 440 Death of Mesrop Mashtots, the creator of the Armenian alphabet.
- 1828 Signature of the agreement proposed by the Persian Monarch. It was concluded at Turkmenchay. According to this agreement, the Russo-Persian War of 1826-1828 was terminated. Yerevan and Nakhijevan, as well as the whole of Transcaucasia, were joined to Russia.
- 1918 The Transcaucasian Seim opens in Tbilissi (Georgia).
- 1935 Birth of Zori Balayan (physician, Artsakh movement activist).
- 1939 Death of Archbishop Torgom Gooshakian of Jerusalem. He was a literary figure and philologist .
- 1950 Death of Armen Tigranyan (composer) in Tbilissi (Georgia). He was born in 1879.
- 1960 Completion of the Karadak-Kazakh-Yerevan gas pipeline. The torch at Yerevan's Lenin square is lit.