YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"The fact is that the present Armenian authorities which came to power because of the overall wave of anti-communism–anti-sovietism and anti-russianism–have finally understood that without close union with Russia the Armenian people have no future," Communist leader Sergey Badalian said–in response to a question asked by journalists.
Badalian noted that Russia has an ally in the west–Belarus–and in the south Armenia. It is natural that the bilateral union may turn into a tripartite union–Badalian said. "But we should not hurry," the communist asserted.
Badalian said that Russia’s and Armenia’s interests coincided on all issues and directions. Armenia–according to Badalian–is Russia’s only faithful ally in the Transcaucasus and Middle East. Armenia is a bridge between Russia’s traditional allies–as well as Iran and Arab states.
Badalian reported that in 1994-1995 the Communist Party of Armenia made efforts to propose the Armenian Parliament to hold a nationwide referendum on creation of a confederation of Russia and Armenia.
However–all those initiatives were rejected under the pretext that those proposals go contrary to the Declaration of Independence. But the Communist Party has never discarded this idea–Badalian said.
"We–Communists–are confident that the overwhelming majority of the Armenian people understood the cost of the independence brought by the Armenian National Movement and gave up the sentimen’s of 1991 and we believe that our people will return to the idea of the Armenian-Russian union," stressed Badalian.
Russian parliamentarian Nilkolay Ryzhkov–who visited Armenia last week said if Armenia joined the Russia-Belarus union it would be a great thing. Sergey Badalian noted that Ryzhkov–being a major political figure and statesman cannot fail noticing some prerequisites for the establishment of such a union.
"I think that not only Russia–Belarus and Armenia–but rather all CIS member-states are "doomed" in the good sense of this word to unify in a new union with the common economy–information and cultural–educational space–with the common defensive and financial systems and a coordinated foreign policy," Badalian said.
He assured that Armenia’s Communists would make every effort to ensure a tripartite Union among Armenia–Russia and Belarus.