Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 25
By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:
Armenian-American lobby is one of the three most influential foreign-ethnic lobbies in the U.S. However, this does not contribute to observing the U.S interests, "The Times of Israel" analytics blog (timesofisrael.com) says.
'The lobby boasts impressive accomplishments. It brings in $90 million of U.S. aid to Armenia on an annual basis, regularly blocks aid to close U.S. and Israeli ally-Azerbaijan," the author wrote.
Armenia's interests are not in line with those of the U.S. Disturbingly, the Armenian-American lobby has successfully provided cover for Armenia's strategic relationships with Iran and Russia, countries that no one could mistake as allies of the United States.
"In 2010, Wikileaks, the leaked archive of U.S. diplomatic traffic, brought to light that Armenia had sold Iran rockets and machine guns used to kill American military personnel in Iraq," the author wrote.
Then Deputy Secretary of State, John D. Negroponte, wrote a strongly worded letter to Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, expressing "deep concerns about Armenia's transfer of arms to Iran which resulted in the death and injury of U.S. soldiers in Iraq."
Yet Armenian friends in Congress seem to have done just that, continuing to do Armenia's bidding in Congress and providing the country significant financial aid, the article says.