Has Russia lost control of its near stranger?

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ANALYSIS – In Armenia, Belarus, Moldavia and Kyrgyzstan, Vladimir Putin is trying to cope with a shifting reality.

“Vladimir Putin plays on time. He is a leader of the old school ”, explains Jean-Sylvestre Mongrenier, researcher at the Thomas-More Institute. SPUTNIK/via REUTERS

Why has the Kremlin let go of its Armenian ally?

Russia never abandons its allies. Even when they cross the red lines. This is the message that Vladimir Putin has always repeated to justify, for example, his unwavering support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, despite all his excesses. This loyalty is even, according to him, one of the forces of attraction of the Russian regime on the international scene. Where the West can change its course depending on the circumstances, abandon Libyan Gaddafi or let go of its Kurdish allies, the Kremlin is showing unwavering loyalty to its political friends. At least that was the case until October 2020, when Azerbaijan, assisted by Turkey, launched a military offensive against the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, a province populated by Armenians attached by Stalin to Azeri territory in 1921. and forcibly conquered by Yerevan in the early 1990s.

Since then, Yerevan has relied on Russia, which has a military base in Gyumri, to ensure its security. So as not to displease the Kremlin,

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