YEREVAN, March 19. / ARKA /. The Ukrainian crisis could trigger a third world war or augment the confrontation between the superpowers, Ruben Safrastyana, head of the Institute of Oriental Studies, an affiliation of the Armenian Academy of Sciences, said to a news conference today.
"I do not think a third world war will happen in the near future, but this possibility can not be excluded," he said.
According to him, it is the wisdom of decision-makers that would prevent such a development, ‘but in any case the conformation between superpowers will only intensify.”He said also that Russia's position will continue to strengthen.
“All this in mind Armenia will have to decide on its role and place in the new realities.”
Speaking about the Crimean referendum, he said it was another manifestation of the right of peoples to self-determination, but declined to evaluate it in terms of legality.
In a related development Russia’s Constitutional Court ruled unanimously today that a treaty reunifying Crimea with Russia does not run counter to the Constitution is lawful. The court held an emergency session following a formal request by president Vladimir Putin to assess the constitutionality of the agreement signed on Tuesday.
The move paves the way for immediate submission of the treaty, as well as draft amendments to the Constitution, for ratification by the Russian parliament, RIA Novosti reported.
Crimea, previously an autonomous republic within Ukraine with a Russian ethnic majority, signed a reunification treaty with Moscow on Tuesday following a referendum Sunday in which some 96.7 percent of voters backed joining Russia.-0-