Eduard Sharmazanov: Driving Force of Politics is State Interest

“The driving force of politics is the state interest. Before taking a decision we consider its risks and consequences, focusing on the security of Arsakh in the first place,” Deputy Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly, Eduard Sharmazanov, said on November 20 during his meeting with students and professorial staff of the Faculty of Philology of Armenian State Pedagogical University. He underlined that in the international arena, Russia is Armenia’s only strategic ally, while European countries are our friends and partners.

“The pursuit of rapprochement with Europe and membership with the European Union should not be identified. Europe is simply a component of civilization and Armenia’s relations with Europe are civilized reforms. Our joint work with the EU was not carried out at the expense of severing relations with Russia; these are mutually complementary relations,” said the NA official.

Speaking about the face-to-face talks between Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents held in Vienna on November 19, Eduard Sharmazanov said people need not expect a major breakthrough after the meetings of the two Presidents; the progress is that the Presidents agreed to advance negotiations toward a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

“There is something in the Karabakh issue that cannot be changed; that is the status of Artsakh, its hard-earned independence,” said the NA deputy speaker. He urged the present students to use social networks and spread across the world the history and cultural heritage of our country and the victories of Artsakh.

Speaking about the present state of Armenian-Turkish relations, Eduard Sharmazanov said the more Turkey continues its policy of genocide denial, the more alienated it will become from democratic values: the 1915 Genocide is enshrined in key international documents.

Yuri Davtyan, Dean of the Faculty of Philology, thanked Mr Sharmazanov for giving the future pedagogues a detailed picture of the country’s foreign policy, its position and political challenges, saying that the meetings have become traditional and long-awaited.