“Slavs – the group of nations having kindred ancestry. This group includes: the East group (Russians, Ukrainians, Byelorussians), the West group (poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Lujichians), South group (Bulgarians, Serbs, Croats, Sloventses, Macedonians, Bosnians)”.
The languages are Indo-European (of the Slavian group). “Russians – as also Ukrainians and Byelorussians, arose from the EastSlavian tribes and founded Ancient-Russian State around the town Kiev. The nation was formed in 14-15 cent. AD••••”.
There are a lot of information about ancestry and development of Slavs in connection with Armenians. There is the supposition that Slavs (Russians, Ukrainians, Macedonians and others) arose in the result of contacts between Armenians (coming to the region) and local tribes.
The words “Rous”, ”Rossia” (Russia in Russian) and ”Rousskiy” (Russian in Russian) have no explanations in Russian language. But in Armenian these three words are “Rous”, “Rousastan”, “Rous” and have explanations (meaning): “Ռուս” = ռ. ու. ս. = (նա) մեծ է ու սիրուն = (he) is big and beautiful and “Rous . astan” =Rous country. Besides, in the Great Armenia in the first millennium BC (in Behayna-Araratian country) in the period of 735 – 590 BC there were four Kings having name Rousa (I, D, rn, IV) =(he) is big and beautiful man.
So the supposition is, that at the time of one of these Kings a part of Armenians went to the North (may be led by one of King with the name Rousa) and rested somewhere in Russia. Later Armenians mixed with local tribes. Thus, at the end of 1 millennium BC the name of local population became Rous, and the name of their country Roussiya.
Armennian Lord 5mbat Bagratouni after his victory in Livia sailed to
Crimea, went with his troop to the North and on the bank of the river Dnieper in 585 AD founded the castle 5mbatas, which later grew to the town Kiev. At that time there were also other Armenian towns Armen (Romen), Artan, Artavet where lived Armenians and made valuable steel swords.
An extract from the book “Armenians and Ancient Armenia” by Paris Herouni