“Do We Strengthen or Submit our Sovereignty by the Joint Anti-Aircraft Warfare Systems? Debate”
10.06.2016
17:00
Member of Parliament (MP) Tevan Poghosyan thinks that the agreement between Russia and Armenia on establishing joint regional anti-aircraft warfare systems is in Armenia's interests.

The MP said this during the debate organized by Media Center in “A1+” TV pavilion on June 10 in which RA former Deputy Foreign Minister, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Arman Navasardyan, political scientists Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan and Hayk Martirosyan participated.

“The biggest achievement of this agreement is that the commanding line will be established jointly as we had problems with it previously and began to negotiate. In order to use the anti-aircraft warfare systems of the Russian forces previously, the order went to Rostov, then to Moscow from Rostov, they signed in Moscow and sent back to Rostov, and finally back to Armenia. There was a problem of time. Now that problem is solved, the orders will be signed in our territory, in Armenia. If there are any problems, the complaints should go to our commanders,” Poghosyan said.   

Arman Navasardyan saidthat the adoption of the agreement is related to the current world political developments and the Russian foreign policy. 

“The interests and strategic directions of Armenia and Russia seem to coincide. What Russia wants to do is useful for Armenia. Why Russia decided to do it not is related to the last developments. Anti-aircraft warfare systems were established in Romania and the same will be in Poland. If we pay attention to the parameters, it is a serious threat for Russia, rockets of which reached Sochi in 3-4 minutes. And here Russia should have initiated preventive actions and does it.  Russia is establishing this system and I think it is not a bad opportunity to provide our anti-aircraft defense. I consider this a strong political campaign and this is of our national interests,” Navasardyan said.

Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan said that if the decision maker is the Armenian side, it will mean that any other effects resulting from the contract are only additions to the existing anti-aircraft defense.  

“We know that there are the Russian anti-aircraft warfare systems in the territory of Armenia, which were controlled by Russia before this agreement. Now the Armenian side has the chance to use S-300s of Gyumri military base or get information about any movement in the Caspian Sea or in the depth of Azerbaijan whatever it is - rockets, aviation forces, etc., besides the information from satellites in space. So this agreement is at least about the addition of information resources and new capabilities that is given to the Armenian side,” Melik-Shahnazaryan said.

Hayk Martirosyan contradicted other speakers and said that the security level increase to some extent and not completely due to this agreement.

“There is a casus in Provision 6. Either the text is written badly or there is an ideological problem. Management is not the same as the command and the command will be located in the North Caucasus, that is, in the hand of the Russian side. There would be no problem, of course, if Armenia did not have an enemy like Azerbaijan with whom Russia is on friendly terms. A conflict of interests may arise. I cannot understand why Russia should assume responsibility for the actions of Armenia, for example, in case of the attack of the Azerbaijani Air Force. Deep political and military problems arise. It should be arranged so that the command was in Armenia, at least part of the sky of Armenia, because Armenia is totally in the South Caucasus, but only a small part of Russia in the North Caucasus,” Martirosyan said.  

According to him, the agreement is not completely in the interests of Armenia.  

“It would be very logical that Armenia had also command and it would be a good gesture to Armenia,” Martirosyan added.

Lilit Arakelyan, Program Coordinator-Editor at “Media Center”

To contact the author please send an email toLilitarakelyan@pjc.am

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