To be clear... what Russia got out of leaders turning west:
Syria: Russia got to be the good guy and also test a lot of equipment and weapons which in the main have proven rather good yet still cost effective.
They have cemented their position in Tartus and various airfields in the region... so a definite plus.
Libya: Russia might play a role directly in fixing this place, but not right now... personally I would hope local countries can help Libya recover and return from the chaos and rebuild... Egypt more than Turkey to be honest. Sad result for the people, but hardly something Russia could have fixed.
Ukraine: The biggest parasitic tick removed from Russias ass, the billions of investment promised to them to keep their ship afloat can now be directed to helping Russians in Russia. This is an enormous win and with the naval base in Sevastopol and the entire peninsula secured... a massive victory no amount of war and bloodshed could have achieved. This is a huge victory for Russia and a real escape for the people of the Crimea too.
South Ossetia: This was essentially triggered by Kosovo becoming independent, and was simply a natural result of the status quo. Russia gained some more hard and fast allies against a country turned against them by the west. Probably the best of a bad situation and therefore prevented HATO bases in South Ossetia an Abkhazia instead of just in Georgia.
In NK: A west leaning leader of Armenia got his arse kicked by Azeri and Turkish forces and he ended up needing Russia to help because there was no help coming from anywhere else. For Russia, well it is increased peace keeper forces in the region, but an agreement regarding access and occupancy. What Armenia does from here is pretty much down to them, Putin does not dictate to such leaders like the west does, but those countries still have to make their own choice... and they can always still make the wrong choice... look at the Ukraine. The people of Libya hardly got a choice when the west acted as the airforce for terrorist groups in the country like they did in Syria.
There is no disagreement on those points, but the talk is of Russia re-asserting some sort of neocolonial influence in the
region. Not with 2000 peacekeepers it is not. And Russia serving as a broker for the ceasefire depends on the Azeris
and Armenians playing along.
Armenia is a lost cause. It looks like Azerbaijan is not run by stooges.
So Russia is not acting like the US would and destroying Azeri forces and Turkish forces in the region and setting up enormous bases and shifting borders as they please... I for one say that is a good thing, and for a change the bad guys played it smart... that will sometimes happen, but part of their smart was negotiating a ceasefire agreement with Russia and Armenia... I am sure the US would have loved to have sat in on this and made some demands, but they were smart enough to not get them involved.
Armenia will get a vote soon enough if they are not happy with their current leader... it is not Putins job to decide who gets control... Russia does not do regime change.
They support the encumbant no matter how moronic or anti Russian they are, but will let the people decide their own fate... Syria, Belarus... Russia is not tied to Assad or Luka... if those countries vote in someone else Russia will not interfere... why would they?
Armenia is the best geopolitical comeback in ages. It was achieved through a a cynical calculus and the rationale that Armenia would have no other alternative.
Russia wants good relations with both countries... picking one country and destroying the other is not going to work unless they invade and send all opposition to Siberia. Of course they are going to favour Armenia, but if Armenia does not help itself, they can default back to impartial too.
BTW they didn't step in to get a cease fire agreement for Azeribaijans benefit... this was totally to help Armenia and the Armenians in NK that they could still help.
Experts are discussing a statement by the Armenian Prime Minister
He is a politician and wants to blame anyone and everyone except himself of course...
Whether I trust him or not does not matter... it is for Armenia to decide his ultimate fate.
The cocksucker was shifting blame on everywhere and everyone else but his own spineless treasonous comprador predisposition.
He is in charge, so ultimately it is his fault...