Tensions in Neighborhood: What Should Yerevan Expect?


The US-Iranian tensions role after one of the oil refineries in Saudi Arabia was shelled. As a result Saudi’s oil extraction has been cut significantly, causing prices to go up internationally.

However, the oil price shock is not the only thing caused by this incident internationally. It has led to tough statements between the United States and Iran after information came that the oil facility had been struck with Iranian rockets.

The supreme leader of Iran has announced that Iran will never talk to America as “this is part of their (U.S.) policy to put pressure on Iran”, Khamenei said. This statement was made during the UN GA in New York, killing expectations of a possible meeting of the presidents of the United States and Iran. It seems that no meeting is possible after the attack on Saudi’s oil facility.

What happened blocks even the prospect of normalization of bilateral relations in the nearest future. This is happening in the context of resignation of John Bolton, the national security advisor to the U.S. president, who supported a tough policy on Iran, and it was believed that his resignation would alleviate to some extent the American-Iranian conflict.

Armenia is a stakeholder in this for clear reasons. Will the attack in Saudi Arabia freeze or postpone Yerevan’s expectations of a possible alleviation of the American-Iranian tension, especially ahead of Pashinyan’s visit to the United States.

Nikol Pashinyan spoke about the problems caused by sanctions against Iran in the press conference on September 16, stating that the Iranian Presdient Rowhani is expected in Yerevan on October 1.

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