The country has long been a Russian friend, but it has regularly expressed its displeasure with it. This includes threats to withdraw from the Russia-led CSTO and refusal to host its military training.
Later this month, Armenia will hold a joint military drill with the United States
In a recently published article from Yahoo News, Armenia, a long-standing Russian ally, will hold a joint military drill with the United States later this month, the latest in a string of seeming snubs to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The exercise, dubbed “Eagle Partner 2023,” will take place between September 11 and 20 and is intended to assist prepare Armenian soldiers for international peacekeeping operations.
According to a US military official, the drill would involve 85 US soldiers and 175 Armenian soldiers. Russia and Armenia have had a lengthy history, with Armenia previously part of the Soviet Union and currently a member of various Russia-led international organizations. A Russian military facility is also located in Armenia.
In a recently published article from Business Insider, according to experts, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has increased former Soviet Union member nations’ dissatisfaction with Russia, creating questions in those countries about Russia’s ability to defend them and even fears that they may become Russian targets themselves. The incursion has exacerbated Russia’s decline in the area, bolstering Chinese and Turkish efforts, according to Thomas Graham, creator of Yale University’s Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies department.
Armenia requested aid from the CSTO, Russia’s counterpart of NATO, of which it is a member, after recent border confrontations with neighboring Azerbaijan. The Russia-led coalition did not offer military assistance, infuriating Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.