Development of Armenia’s relations with the Zionist regime; The need for reciprocity
Finally, the Armenian ambassador settled in Tel Aviv and in an interview emphasized the development of Yerevan's relations with the Zionist regime. Of course, these relations went a long way for many years without any propaganda, and the regime also tried to activate its embassy in Armenia as soon as possible and establish its ambassador.
Such behavior of Yerevan is considered hostile because the Islamic Republic of Iran defines the development of relations with the Zionist regime, contrary to its official ideology, and analyzes the presence of this regime in neighboring countries from the perspective of national security.
Armenia, whose only geopolitical stronghold is Iran, and because of Iran’s responsible approach to the neighboring countries, continuing its bio-political and security life, so its actions in developing relations with Tel Aviv are worth considering.
Armenia has committed great crimes due to the occupation of 20% of the territory of the Muslim and Shiite country of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as the displacement of one million of its citizens. Although this cannot be ignored by the Islamic Republic of Iran, but the responsible and civilized view of the Islamic Republic of Iran, has so far not prevented this country from enjoying a strategic advantage of its neighborhood with Iran. With this approach, Armenia’s energy needs were met. Although the transfer of Iranian gas to Armenia had no economic logic, it was overcome by neighboring relations. Iran’s transit services saved the country from being blocked, and about the political services, there is no need to say.
Tehran never treated the country internationally and domestically as an occupier and tried not to discriminate between its two northern neighbors, Baku and Yerevan, and sought to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the framework of international law and regional security.
In return, Armenia was expected to take into account the strategic considerations of the Islamic Republic of Iran in order to legitimize the continuation of Iran’s humanitarian assistance. Unfortunately, today the country is home to one of the largest US embassies with unconventional staff, with about 200 NGOs operating in the country with the support of the American Soros Foundation (Open Society Foundations).
What is the justification for this volume of American activity in Armenia, which has an area of about 29,000 square kilometers and a population of less than 3 million and has a very weak economy?! The answer is very simple. The United States is not spying on Turkey, Georgia or Azerbaijan in Armenia. Because it has embassies in all neighboring countries of Armenia. America wants to use the Armenian intelligence environment against Iran. In simpler terms, it can be said that the special function of the US embassy with this volume of personnel (hundreds of people) has been defined with the aim of security sabotage against Iran. On the other hand, Yerevan, by developing relations with the Zionist regime, introduces another chaotic entry into the scene of Iran’s healthy interactions with Armenia. The Zionist regime has no indication of the development of relations with Armenia, except for destructive actions against the interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran; Because Armenia does not have the necessary financial resources to buy weapons from Israel, nor its economic resources are in the focus of Tel Aviv.
However, it seems important to pay attention to a few points from the strategic point of view for Yerevan:
1- The security of the South Caucasus is an immediate and important matter for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Peace and security in this region are strategically desirable for Iran. The entry of the Israeli regime as a disturbing element in this environment is unacceptable. On the other hand, the development of relations with this regime is contrary to neighborly relations and an attack on the official ideology of the Islamic Republic of Iran and will have a negative consequence in interactions.
- Iran’s relations with Armenia have deepened on the basis of cultural and geopolitical considerations, which has a strategic nature in the political unit of Armenia in the complex environment of the South Caucasus. If this trust is lost as a result of the actions of Yerevan and its pro-Western government, the country will not be able to strategically choose a replacement.
3- Strategic rationality dictates that Yerevan should refrain from developing relations with the Zionist regime and under no circumstances allow the activation of the institutions or the embassy of the Israeli regime in Armenia. Because this could drag the Iranian-Armenian border geography to security game.
4- Iran’s national security needs require it to take effective steps against the threats that arise. In this approach, the necessary tools and willpower have always been and are. The Islamic Republic of Iran has the necessary power to control anti-security processes in its surroundings. If Yerevan insists on this biased approach, Iran’s approach could change significantly in the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis and other challenging issues fro this country.
Author: Dr. Rahmat illah Fallah, Caucasus Issues expert