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Russia Does Not Allow Lifting Armenia's Blockade

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    Naira Hayrumyan, Political Commentator
    Monday, 17 February 2014, 17:21 reported, referring to the Iranian press that Russia
    and Iran have agreed that Russia build Astara (Azerbaijani) - Astara
    (Iran) - Resht railway for which Iran will pay with oil.

    The Kremlin is trying to buy Iranian oil to make sure it does not
    flow towards Europe through a pipe that is not controlled by Moscow.

    However, the West is against. Yesterday, the presidents of the United
    States and France actually warned not to lift sanctions on Iran if
    others use the opportunity to start buying Iranian oil.

    Moscow cannot sit down and twirl its thumbs so now methods of buying
    oil bypassing sanctions are being sought for. In addition, it is again
    done in prejudice of Armenia, across Azerbaijan, to make sure that
    Armenia does not happen to break through the blockade and appear in
    a geopolitical project.

    The president of Iran is going to visit Armenia soon. Yesterday the
    ambassador of Iran met with the prime minister of Armenia and invited
    him to Iran to attend the meeting of the intergovernmental commission.

    Armenia is receiving important proposals but Yerevan does not even
    make them publicly known not to have to understand why it refuses
    those proposals.

    Interestingly, despite the fact of political occupation of Armenia,
    Russia is not going to give any chance to its partner or rather
    satellite. Moscow understands that even a slight fresh breath amid
    the blockade will eventually rip Armenia off the Russian space. Russia
    needs Armenia cornered and deprived of a chance to maneuver.

    The Armenian political society prefers pretending that the biggest
    problem of Armenia is the domestic situation, and if the government
    is changed, all the problems will be resolved. In additional, the
    political circles avoid geopolitical assessments and do not offer
    foreign policy alternatives. Unlike the social networks where everyone
    says that the Armenian government is the distributor of Russian
    interests, no such assessments are heard from the political rostrum.

    In this case, the Armenian government is not motivated to review its
    policy or rather the lack of policy.

    All the Armenian government is doing now is rejecting all the
    profitable geopolitical projects. The so-called opposition has nothing
    against it. Moreover, the ideologists of the opposition periodically
    call not to replace the demand for removal of the government with
    geopolitical tasks. As a result, even Russia thinks it is necessary
    to include Armenia in its projects, preferring to build a railway
    between Iran and Azerbaijan, not Iran and Armenia.

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    From: A. Papazian