Baku, Azerbaijan, March 28
By Elmira Tariverdiyeva -Trend:
Armenia`s voting against the UN General Assembly resolution on Ukraine is a national shame, Armenian National Assembly MP Alexander Arzumanyan said during discussions dedicated to the EU and Armenian relations and their influence on the internal political life of the country, ArmeniaToday reported on March 28.
The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution declaring the referendum held in Crimea on March 16 on its annexation by Russia as being invalid.
Some 100 countries voted in favour, 58 abstained, whilst Russia and 10 other countries voted against the resolution.
Russia's position was supported by Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
The situation in the Ukraine gave Armenia an opportunity to reconsider its membership of the Customs Union, according to Arzumanyan.
The Armenian MP also noted that the events in Ukraine contributed to Georgia's rapprochement towards the EU.
The events in the world and position of the Armenian authorities on these issues affected relations between Armenia and the EU, resulting in the political relationship of Armenia and the EU becoming an anachronism, he said.
This is a great shame for us Arzumanyan said, noting there was no a situation like this in the history of Armenia's independence.
"We have never been slaves. When Russia forced Ukraine to decide at gunpoint, Armenia supported the results of the illegal referendum and it is insulting for the Armenian people. I do not think we need to carry out some heroic deed to condemn Russia. No, all that is needed is to remain neutral. This is also the way of diplomatic relations," Arzumanyan said.
Armenia, demonstrated itself as it really is equating to such countries as Zimbabwe, Sudan, Venezuela and a number of other similar countries, so to talk about democratic values is ridiculous, the MP added.
To say that we strive towards Europe is absurd, according to Arzumanyan. Armenia became a country nobody will consider. Armenia gives a second slap in the face of the EU by not its own, but by Russian hands, he said.
An agreement on the adoption of the Crimea to Russia was signed on March 18 in the Kremlin.
A referendum on the status of Crimea was held on March 16. More than 96 percent of voters voted for autonomy in joining Russia.
Most world countries issued a statement of non-recognition of the referendum results.
There was a change of power in Ukraine on February 22.The Verkhovna Rada ousted President Yanukovych, changed the constitution and set a presidential election date for May 25.
Yanukovych said that he was forced to leave Ukraine under threat of violence. He remains the legally elected president. A number of areas in eastern and southern Ukraine, as well as Crimea did not recognise the legitimacy of the Verkhovna Rada and made a decision to hold a referendum on the future situation in the regions.
Translated by S.I.
Edited by S.M.