Expert weighs in on Biden's presidency impact on Armenia

January 20, 2021 – 16:54 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Once U.S. President-elect Joe Biden takes office, America’s attitude towards may change, but policies won’t, political scientist Suren Sargsyan said Wednesday, January 20. Sargsyan believes, the influence of American policies on Armenia has three components – global policy and its impact on Armenia, regional policy and its impact, and bilateral relations.

According to the expert, it is natural that the United States’ relations with Iran, Russia and Turkey have an impact on Armenia: “Economic pressure on a strategic ally (Russia is the strategic ally of Armenia – Ed.), sanctions on neighboring Iran are also hitting our economy hard, with strained relations further complicating our ability to maneuver.”

As far as Turkey is concerned, Sargsyan said, the new administration too will try to establish relations with Armenia.

“There will be policy adjustments towards the South , taking into account the recent war and the realities that have emerged since then, such as the fact that it (the U.S. – Ed.) is a co-chair of the Minsk Group and has somewhat been excluded from the process,” Sargsyan wrote in a Facebook post.

“However, global changes, as I have already noted, should not be expected.”

In the second part of his analysis, Sargsyan said he will weigh in on bilateral relations between Armenia and the U.S.

Biden is to be sworn in as U.S. president on Wednesday. Alongside him, Kamala Harris will make history when she is sworn in as the nation’s first female vice-president. Donald Trump will leave the White House for the last time, bound for Florida.

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