Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev described the situation in Armenia as a “crisis”, noting that the country had never been in such an “unfortunate situation” at all, which “was caused by its leaders.”
“Armenia has never been in such an unfortunate situation,” Aliyev’s presidential office said in a statement, “It was its leaders who put it in this position … the leaders of the military council that ruled Armenia for 20 years (the Kocharian-Sargsyan Military Council), and the government that came after it. “.
Earlier in the day, the Armenian Army General Staff issued a statement calling for the Pashinyan government to resign, blaming it for “the ineffective administration and the grave mistakes committed by the current authorities in the field of foreign policy that brought the country to the brink of the abyss.”
In contrast, Pashinyan described the statement of the General Staff as an attempted military coup, and announced the dismissal of Chief of Staff Onik Gasparyan.
These developments come against the background of escalating tensions, as the opposition organizes popular demonstrations demanding the departure of Pashinyan, holding him responsible for Armenia’s loss of control over large parts of Karabakh during the new round of conflict with Azerbaijan.
Source: RIA Novosti, agencies