Iran actively intervenes in the relations between Azerbaijan and
Armenia, stirring the pot by“throwing political and military
support behind Yerevan”, Foreign Policy magazine said in an
article, trend reports.
The author of the article recalls that Iran has opened its
diplomatic mission in Armenia just recently, and, furthermore, has
held military exercises close to the border with Azerbaijan. The
magazine quotes Iranian Brig. Gen. Mohammad Pakpour said that“the
drills were designed to send a message of“peace and friendship” to
countries in the region while demonstrating their ability to
“respond decisively to any threat”.
Without staying aside, the US commented upon these actions.
Mainly, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that
Washington has been“very clear that Iran represents a threat to
the region” and will continue“ultimately to stand against the kind
of destabilizing influence that Iran presents in its region and
The author pointed out that Armenia is an unlikely partner for
Iran, however, after September clashes on the border with
Azerbaijan,“Yerevan is looking for support wherever it can find
“Despite Yerevan's membership in the Moscow-led Collective
Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) military bloc, Russia has so
far refused Armenia's calls to intervene. Iran, meanwhile, seems
more than eager to fill the power vacuum and open another front
against Azerbaijan,” as well as Turkey, which is an ally of
Azerbaijan, and which“Iran has long mistrusted and seen as a
potential rival in the region,” the article said.
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