Armenia and United States Collaborate in Military Exercises Amidst Rising Tensions with Russia

In a significant geopolitical development, Armenia and the United States have announced their joint military exercise named “Eagle Partner 2023.” Scheduled to take place from September 11 to September 20, this exercise aims to enhance both nations’ preparedness for participating in international peacekeeping missions. The Armenian Defense Ministry unveiled this collaboration as tensions escalate between Armenia and its traditional ally, Russia.

This partnership takes on added significance given Armenia’s recent accusations against Moscow, claiming that Russia has not fulfilled its security commitments and is gradually disengaging from the South Caucasus region. The Armenian government’s concerns over its security situation have grown, particularly in the wake of aggressive actions by neighboring Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute.

One of the key factors contributing to Armenia’s unease is its decision not to participate in a joint military exercise under the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Belarus, despite being a member of this organization alongside Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. This move has raised speculation that Yerevan may contemplate leaving the CSTO, further distancing itself from Moscow’s sphere of influence.

Simultaneously, Armenia’s decision to provide humanitarian aid to Kiev marks a significant departure from its previous stance. Radio Azatutyun, funded by the United States, highlighted this gesture, suggesting that Yerevan could officially announce the dispatch of aid soon. This move underscores Armenia’s attempt to diversify its international relationships and security partnerships.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikola Pashinyan has openly criticized the country’s sole reliance on Russia for security. He accused Moscow of failing to ensure Armenia’s security, especially in light of Azerbaijan’s aggression over the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute. Pashinyan argued that Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict was diverting its resources and leading to a gradual withdrawal from the South Caucasus.

In response, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reaffirmed Russia’s commitment to the region, emphasizing its role as a guarantor of security and stability, particularly in Nagorno-Karabakh. It’s important to note that Armenia hosts a Russian military base and has a security treaty with Moscow.

This collaborative military exercise between Armenia and the United States serves as a significant development in the evolving geopolitical dynamics of the South Caucasus, and its implications will undoubtedly continue to reverberate in the region.

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