what is known about the situation in Armenia – RT in Russian

Opponents of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan pitched tents in front of the parliament building in Yerevan. On February 25, rallies of both supporters and opponents of the head of government took place in the capital of the country. The reason was the conflict between Pashinyan and the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Armenia. Earlier, the prime minister fired the deputy chief of the General Staff Tiran Khachatryan, but after that the General Staff issued a statement demanding Pashinyan’s resignation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, during which the leaders discussed the situation in the republic. This was reported by the Kremlin press service.

During the conversation, the Russian leader called on all parties to the conflict for restraint.

“Vladimir Putin spoke in favor of maintaining order and tranquility in Armenia, resolving the situation within the framework of the law,” the message says.

It should be reminded that on February 25, protests by supporters and opponents of Pashinyan took place in Armenia. The reason for the aggravation of the situation in the country was the words of Pashinyan, which he said in an interview with the Armenian portal 1in.am. The prime minister said that the Iskander missiles allegedly used in the course of military operations in Nagorno-Karabakh “did not explode or exploded only by 10%.” When asked by a journalist whether this happens, the prime minister replied: “I don’t know.”

Thus, Pashinyan commented on the statement of the ex-president of the republic, Serzh Sargsyan, that the Armenian side should have used Iskander in the early days of the conflict in Karabakh.

First Deputy Chief of the General Staff Tiran Khachatryan reacted to the Prime Minister’s words, calling Pashinyan’s statement “frivolous.” At the same time, the Ministry of Defense of the republic said that there was an information provocation, and journalists took the words of the deputy head of the General Staff out of context.

Later, the President of the country Armen Sarkissian, at the suggestion of Pashinyan, dismissed Tiran Khachatryan, and on the morning of February 25, the head of government announced his intention to reform the national armed forces.

The Russian Ministry of Defense reacted to Pashinyan’s statement, which was perplexed by the words of the Armenian Prime Minister.

“According to the objective and reliable information we have, confirmed by the objective control system, none of the missile systems of this type were used during the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. All missile ammunition is in the warehouses of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia, ”the ministry said.

The Ministry admitted that Pashinyan was misled and used inaccurate information.

“The 9K720-E (Iskander-E) operational-tactical missile system has been tested and successfully used many times in combat conditions in the Syrian Arab Republic against international terrorist groups. This gives us full reason to assert that the 9K720-E Iskander-E missile system produced in Russia is the best in its class in the world, ”the Defense Ministry stressed.

In response to Pashinyan’s actions, on February 25, the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces issued a statement demanding the resignation of the prime minister and the entire government. In the opinion of the military, the Cabinet of Ministers is not able to make “adequate decisions in this crisis and fateful situation for the Armenian people.”

In turn, Pashinyan called the actions of the military an attempt at a coup and called on his supporters to gather in Republic Square in the center of Yerevan. Against the background of the events, he also announced the decision to dismiss the chief of the General Staff and his first deputy.

Later, the prime minister of the republic went out to his supporters, who had gathered in the city center, and said that his resignation would not solve the problem. He called the current situation “the emotional reaction of the military”, recalling that the armed forces of the republic “are subordinate to the people of Armenia and the prime minister.”

After that, Pashinyan’s supporters marched through the streets of Yerevan. Pashinyan himself stated that he does not allow the possibility of civil clashes in the republic. At the same time, supporters of the Movement for the Salvation of the Motherland gathered in Yerevan, supporting the demands of the military.

The prime minister’s opponents called for indefinite protests near the parliament building, fenced off the roadway and set up tents on one of the city’s central avenues.

At the Russian Foreign Ministry named events in the country are its internal affairs. The press secretary of the Russian president expressed a similar point of view, noting that the Kremlin is watching with concern the development of the situation in Armenia.

It also became known that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu discussed the situation in the republic with his Armenian counterpart Vagharshak Harutyunyan by phone.

“The heads of the defense departments discussed topical issues of the Russian peacekeeping contingent’s fulfillment of tasks in Nagorno-Karabakh, the situation in the Republic of Armenia, as well as a number of other issues of mutual interest,” the message says.

At the same time, the National Security Service of Armenia urged the citizens of the country not to resort to provocations. The secret service recalled that the illegal actions “will receive an adequate response from the law enforcement agencies.”

In turn, the deputies of the opposition parliamentary factions announced that they were going to initiate an extraordinary meeting to discuss the internal political situation in the country.

Source: RT на русском by russian.rt.com.

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