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Putin Ally Claims Russia’s Neighbor Will Cease to Exist Within Five Years

Margarita Simonyan, a Kremlin propagandist and ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has made a striking assertion, suggesting that Armenia may cease to exist within the next five years.

Simonyan’s comments come amidst Armenia’s dispute with Russia over its participation in a Moscow-led security bloc, raising concerns about the country’s future.

Simonyan’s Criticism of Pashinyan

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Speaking at the World Youth Festival in Russia, Simonyan criticized Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan for suspending Yerevan’s participation in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), called by many as Putin’s “Mini-NATO.”

Calls Pashinyan a Traitor

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She accused Pashinyan of betraying the Armenian people and warned of dire consequences if he remained in power.

Doubts on Armenia’s Future

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Simonyan, of Armenian descent herself, warned that continued support for Pashinyan would mean that “there will be no Armenia in five years.”

Drawing Parallel With Nagorno-Karabakh

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She drew parallels to the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, where Azerbaijan’s offensive resulted in the exodus of the Armenian population.

CSTO’s Role and Armenia’s Concerns

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Armenia’s decision to freeze its participation in the CSTO stems from concerns about Russia’s reliability as a defense partner.

The bloc’s inability to prevent attacks from Azerbaijan has raised doubts about its effectiveness in safeguarding Armenia’s security interests.

International Observations

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Analysts suggest that Armenia’s move to distance itself from the CSTO could have significant political implications, given its historical dependence on Russia for security. 

Concerns Over Vulnerability

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Concerns have been raised about Armenia’s vulnerability amid its economic and military ties with Moscow.

Reactions to Simonyan’s Statement

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Simonyan’s remarks have sparked reactions, with some expressing apprehensions about Armenia’s future and its relationship with Russia.

Critics view her comments as indicative of Russia’s expansionist ambitions and the lack of international repercussions for such actions.

Armenia’s Diplomatic Dilemma

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Armenia’s ambassador to the U.K. and Ireland emphasized the importance of the CSTO’s commitment to Armenia’s security, highlighting the complexities of the country’s relationship with the security bloc.

Potential Ramifications

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While Simonyan did not explicitly mention Russia’s invasion of Armenia, concerns persist about the country’s vulnerability given its economic and military dependence on Moscow.

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