Reuters Artem Mikryukov
The Russian presidency (the Kremlin) expressed its concern about developments in Armenia, as army leaders demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s government on Thursday.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, “We are following with concern the developments of the situation in Armenia, and we consider that it represents an exclusive internal affair for Armenia, which is an important and close ally for us in the Caucasus region. Of course we call on all parties to calm down, and we believe that the situation must remain within.” Framework for the Constitution. “
The Kremlin spokesman pointed out the importance of cooperation with Yerevan, especially with regard to the implementation of the terms of the tripartite statement concluded between Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan regarding the settlement of the conflict in the Karabakh region.
A spokesman for the Russian presidency confirmed that, in light of the recent developments, Moscow did not make any new contacts with Yerevan, but that it could be organized quickly when necessary.
Peskov declined to comment on Pashinyan’s statement that the Russian “Iskander” missiles of the Armenian army “did not explode or exploded by only 10%” during the last round of conflict with Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region.
The spokesman said: “We leave this without comment, and the Russian military equipment has shown its effectiveness in various parts of the world.”
The Kremlin’s statements came against the background of the Armenian army’s General Staff issuing a statement demanding the resignation of the Pashinyan government, blaming it for “the ineffective administration and the grave mistakes made by the current authorities in the field of foreign policy that brought the country to the brink of the abyss.”
On the other hand, Pashinyan announced the dismissal of Chief of Staff Onik Gasparyan, and described the army’s statement as an attempted military coup, calling on his supporters to demonstrate in front of the government headquarters in Yerevan.
Pashinyan supporters and the opposition alike are demonstrating in front of the Government House, amid mounting tensions, awaiting the speech that the Prime Minister is expected to deliver later in the day.