In an interview with the Tert.am electronic news agency, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan noted that the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president will not result in any direct or substantive changes in Armenian-U.S. relations.
Shahnazaryan explained that “the U.S. is a developed system, with efficient domestic and external checks and balances so that any one person – even the president - cannot make a U-turn in both foreign and domestic policies,” adding that “I do not think the U.S. could change its policy toward Armenia. The U.S. is viewing Armenia as a friendly nation, providing as much support to it as possible.” In terms of regional developments, “the interests of Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and the United States are quite similar,” Shahnazaryan said.
Moreover, he continued, “regardless of whether Trump or Clinton won, the US would not change its policy toward Armenia. The U.S. will continue expanding relations with Armenia as much as Armenia’s authorities are willing,” adding that “Washington’s position on cooperation is as follows: they are ready to expand relations with Armenia as much as” Armenia allows.
Shahnazaryan stressed that “Nagorno-Karabakh is the most important issue for us” and “the United State’s official position is as follows: a settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be based on a ‘status for territories’ formula, while Armenia is speaking of ceding five neighboring regions to Azerbaijan.” He closed by stating that “the interests of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh concur with U.S. interests. However, the Armenian authorities’ steps toward expanding relations with the U.S. are unsatisfactory.”