The European Union and the Council of Europe promote Armenian independence. According to data gathered in a survey of experts by the Armenian Center for Strategic and National Research, 72% of experts support this view. At the same time, 56% of those surveyed believe that Russia limits Armenian independence.
6% see the US and the World Bank as limiting Armenian independence, and 4% believe the same about Turkey. 66% of experts were confident that in the next 10-12 years Armenia will become a member of NATO, with 28% confident that they will not. 6% had difficulty answering this question. The presence of Russian military bases on Armenian territory was welcomed by only 18% of the experts who thought that the bases provide a guarantee of safety for the country. At the same time, 76% of those surveyed were opposed to Russian forces in Armenia, and 6% had difficulty answering this question.
Of the 50 experts who participated in the survey, 30% were affiliated with government organizations and 70% with non-governmental organizations.
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