Armenia is a country in South Caucasus, which is the key Russian ally in the region. Armenia also has an open territorial control with neighboring Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Every so often, the Nagorno-Karabakh region becomes a point of escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan triggering local armed hostilities. More about the Nagorno-Karabah conflict and Armenia can be found in the following videos:
- Russian Forces In Armenia
- Nagorno-Karabakh Standoff: Geopolitical Struggle In The Caspian Sea Region
- Iternational Military Review & Analysis – Studying Escalation In Nagorno-Karabakh
The US and the NATO have been for a long time conributing efforts to shift Armenia’s foreign policy course for own political purposes because this country has a strategic location in the region. Currently, Armenia is an active member state of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Eurasian Economic Union and hosts two Russian military bases.
On the other hand, a notable part of the Armenian elites is deeply integrated with the so-called West. Large Armenian diasporas exist in the US (for example in California) and France.
Over the past few days, Armenia has faced a new wave of political instability. This situation is actively used by the liberal opposition in an attempt to stage the so-called velvet revolution (a bloodless coup d’etat).
Police have detained at least 29 people who were protesting against an appointment of former President Serzh Sarkisian as the country’s prime minister.
On April 16, the Armenian Parliament unanimously chose Sargsyan for the prime minsiter’s post, planning to swear him in on April 17.
The opposition deescribes the current situation as a “power grab” by Sarkisian, enabling him to retain in power despite leaving the presidency less than two weeks ago.
“We must paralyse the entire state system and the power should pass to the people,” Opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan made the remarks in the capital Yerevan. “Serzh Sargsyan must see that he has no Armenia to rule in and no people to rule over.”
Pashinyan went further by urging protesters to blockade state institutions across the country. However, the only place of protetsts is the Armenian capital of Yerevan.
In Yerevan, protestors cordoned off the interior ministry and the prosecutor’s office while police have surrounded the parliament.
SouthFront continues to follow the situation in Armenia.