Armenia Joins Shanghai Cooperation Organization as ‘Partner in Dialogue’

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Armenia's joining of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as a partner nation (Source: Sputnik News)
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Armenia's joining of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as a partner nation (Source: Sputnik News)

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Armenia’s joining of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as a partner nation (Source: Sputnik News)

UFA (Sputnik News)—Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and Nepal have been admitted to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as partner nations, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday, Sputnik News reports.

“Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, and Nepal have joined the SCO family as partners in dialogue,” Putin said during his opening speech at the extended meeting of the SCO’s Heads of Governments Council in the Russian city of Ufa.

Prior to the decision, the SCO had three dialogue partners—Belarus, Sri Lanka, and Turkey.

The SCO summit also launched procedures to accept new members India and Pakistan, Putin added. India and Pakistan, currently holding observer status in the organization, applied to join the SCO as full members in September 2014.

The SCO is a political, economic and military alliance founded in 2001 by Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

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  1. Harutik said:

    Thank you Mr. Putin!

    Thank you for turning Armenia into an impregnable fortress via your military assistance and thank you for helping us Armenians lay the foundations of becoming a regional trade hub via EEU and SCO.

    At the end of the day, Russia and Armenia are strategic allies and historic friends. At the end of the day, without a Russian presence in Armenia we would be incapable of having an Armenian presence in the south Caucasus. A friendly reminder: The south Caucasus is one bad event away from reverting back to being an Islamic/Turkic cesspool. No Russia in the south Caucasus mean no Armenia in the south Caucasus. Moreover, without an Armenia in the south Caucasus Russia would lose control over a crucially strategic area. If Armenia is destroyed, after us Armenians, Russia has the most to lose. Russia is the ONLY nation on earth that will be negatively impacted with the destruction of Armenia. The above is the fundamental basis of our historic alliance as well as our current strategic relations with the Russian Bear. And this is what we need to exploit pan-nationally for a more mutually beneficial and efficient relationship with the Russian Bear. Anyone that does not see this is either stupid or an agent of the West, or both.

    God bless Mother Russia. God bless our Hayrenik. And may God help us protect our two hundred year old alliance with the Russian Bear from all enemies both foreign and domestic.

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