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    Jan 30 2008

    The Russian politicians and political scientists, unlike NATO and the
    West, do not even try to appear neutral in the Armenian presidential
    election, and they even hold round-table meetings in Moscow where
    they utter the name of the candidate which they think will win the
    election, considering Serge Sargsyan as such, pay official visits in
    the pre-election period, which are instrumentalized in the election
    campaign. On January 30 the reporters asked the presidential candidate
    Vahan Hovanisyan whether this is not an interference with the internal
    affairs of Armenia, who spelled out his vision of the foreign policy
    of Armenia at the NATO Information Office in Yerevan.

    "I think the Russian government agencies, at least the top ones,
    publicly avoid interference. There are elements of interference in
    some speeches of political scientists. We suppose that one political
    scientist or another is related to one political circle in Russia
    or another. In this respect, it is rather unpleasant when a Russian
    political scientist states directly that the victory of this or that
    candidate is in the interests of Russia, and they will try their best
    to foster his victory. This is clear interference, and unacceptable
    because it will enable another country from another continent to
    endorse another candidate and say they will do their best to help
    him win. The question occurs what "trying their best" means," Vahan
    Hovanisyan says.

    According to him, Armenia should not become an arena where the
    interests of great powers clash. He admits that there are external
    interests but he gives the example of the U.S. presidential election
    in 2004. Vahan Hovanisyan says Bush stood a small chance to win. "But
    he succeeded. Because the world media started criticizing him. The
    European media, the Russian media, the media of the Far East and
    the Near East, everyone wanted Bush to lose the election. But the
    Americans love freedom, and when they saw that others are trying to
    influence them, and influence their choice, they opposed and elected
    George Bush," Vahan Hovanisyan says. According to him, this is the
    right approach, and the Armenian people should act similarly.

    "Outside efforts cannot guide us. I think our people should realize
    this. And it is dangerous. In reality we know what a favor the foreign
    sources do when they start praising a candidate. I think this track
    does not lead Armenia toward development," Vahan Hovanisyan says.