In a recent development, the discourse on media policy in Armenia clarifies that there are no ongoing discussions to cease the broadcasting of Russian television networks. This information comes as a beacon of transparency amidst the dense fog of international relations and media regulation, particularly in regions where Russian influence holds historical significance. It suggests a continuation of media accessibility policies, potentially reflecting the diplomatic or cultural ties between the involved countries.
Continuing Russian Influence in Armenian Broadcast Media
An official in Yerevan confirmed on November 23 that Armenia is not considering exiting the Russian led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). This statement was made despite Yerevan's decision to abstain from a CSTO summit in Minsk on the same day. Deputy Foreign Minister Mnatsakan Safarian further clarified that there were no intentions to discuss the withdrawal of Russia's military base in Gyumri, an Armenian town where several thousand Russian troops are stationed.
Armenian-Russian Relations Amidst Global Politics
Armenia's decision to not attend the CSTO summit sparked criticism from Russia, highlighting a growing rift between Yerevan and Moscow. The Armenian authorities have accused Russian peacekeepers deployed in Nagorno Karabakh in 2020 of failing to stop Azerbaijan's offensive in September that ended three decades of rule by ethnic Armenians. Moscow refuted these accusations, arguing that its troops didn't have a mandate to intervene.
Armenia's Stance on Media Policy and International Relations
In response to the criticism, the official representative of the Russian foreign ministry, Maria Zakharova, cautioned the people of Armenia against being deceived by the so-called friends from the West. Zakharova emphasized that the Armenian Ministry of Defense's statement that all issues with Russia should be resolved in a partnership atmosphere was welcome. These comments reflect Armenia's commitment to maintaining open channels of communication, both in diplomatic relations and media accessibility, with Russia.