Pashinian Sees Opportunity For Closer Armenia-U.S. Ties

American arms better than Russia’s Bolton on possible arms sell to Armenia and Azerbaijan

25/10/2018 15:07 American arms better than Russia’s Bolton on possible arms sell to Armenia and Azerbaijan

This was the message delivered by the National Security Advisor John Bolton who also said that it would behoove Armenia to buy arms from the US instead of Russian Federation.

Bolton arrived in Yerevan from Baku where he discussed the conflict with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Wednesday.

He also commented on the recent statement of acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan regarding participation of the separatist regime in the negotiations on the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

"My visit to the region was not a signal for a change in the US policy on this issue or other proposals from the U.S", RIA Novosti cited Bolton as saying.

"Armenia and Azerbaijan are parties to the conflict and are in talks to resolve the conflict", he said. Bolton added that his visit to the region was not a signal for a change in the United States policy on this issue.

"We are going to squeeze Iran because we think their behavior in the Middle East and, really globally, is malign and needs to be changed", Bolton said.

The National Security Adviser said the Karabakh settlement remains one of the priority issues of the Armenian foreign policy agenda, stressing that if the resolution of this issue were easy, it would have been settled long time ago. The presence of Armenian troops in the occupied lands of Azerbaijan proves that Armenia is the responsible side.

Speaking on a visit to the Armenian capital, Bolton told reporters that Russian arms sales to both countries have "clearly not contributed to the resolution of the dispute because of the enormous leverage it gives Russia over both parties".

In this context he noted that the American equipment is better than Russian in any case.

Bolton also said the Trump administration wants to "look at" possibilities of weapons sales to Armenia that would not violate restrictions the U.S. Congress has imposed.

"The United States considers South Caucasus to be strategically very important".

"I am happy to be in Armenia to underscore the importance of our bilateral relations and to address a broad range of issues concerning these relations and the region".

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