Russia Hopes Ties With Armenia Will Stay Unchanged

Presidential spokesman Demitry Peskov (left)  with Russian President Vladimir Putin
Presidential spokesman Demitry Peskov (left)  with Russian President Vladimir Putin

Presidential spokesman Demitry Peskov (left) with Russian President Vladimir Putin

YEREVN (Azatutyun.am)—Russia hopes that its close relationship with Armenia will remain unchanged after the political crisis in that country is resolved, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

“We still hope that all processes in Armenia will remain within the constitutional and legal frames,” Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “We wish our Armenian friends a maximally quick settlement of the existing political situation.”

“We also hope that in any case the allied, warm and constructive Russian-Armenian relations will remain a constant for both the foreign policy of our country and the foreign policy of Yerevan,” he said, according to Russian news agencies.

Peskov implied that Moscow is prepared for any outcome of the upcoming election by the Armenian parliament of the country’s new prime minister.

For its part, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that it is continuing to “closely follow” the dramatic developments in Armenia. In a statement, it expressed hope that the Armenian crisis will be resolved “as soon as possible” through a “constructive dialogue of the republic’s political forces.”

Both the ministry and the Kremlin thus remained careful not to publicly take sides in the three-week standoff that has led to the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian. Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan, who has organized the massive anti-government protests across Armenia, is now expected to be chosen as prime minister on May 8.

Pashinyan has repeatedly stated that he will not pull Armenia out of Russian-led defense and trade blocs if he comes to power. He told visiting Russian parliamentarians on April 29 that Russian-Armenian ties will only deepen further as a result of regime change in Yerevan.

Pashinyan has previously harshly criticized Armenia’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union and the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Lawmakers from Sarkisian’s Republican Party pointed to this fact during Tuesday’s parliament debate on his bid to become prime minister. They repeatedly challenged him to explain why he is now making different statements on the subject.

“We now have new political realities and must reckon with them,” responded Pashinyan. A “drastic” change in Armenia foreign policy would only hurt the country, he said.

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  1. GB said:

    Putin’s must neutralize Tatar-Tuks military build up around Artsakhi border. His adventurism against Armenian Nation failed!

    • Vicken derderian said:

      Yes I agree with you 100%. HEADLINE SHOULD READ : ” ALL Armenians Hope Putin’s relationship with turkey & Nazibaijan does NOT stay the same .) ……
      Russia is supposed to be our ally…But She CAN NOT be trusted .. “Putan ” is selling all sorts of ADVANCED military weapons to both of these : Barbaric, Dick-tatorial , Racist , Hate mongering ,Terrorist supporting (ISIS ) Pazavangs .
      We have not forgotten when Russia betrayed us at least 2 times in the 20th century .1- in 1918 when they pulled out their forces out of Kars & Ardahan. 2- in 1922 to please Ibna Kakaturk Stalin & the commies gave our precious lands from tiny Armenia to turkey & nazibaijan . Kars Mush Ardahan Van including our sacred Mt. Ararat , Nakhichevan, Artsakh & Akherkalak…. Niet Niet Putin ….

      the Diaspora only Trusts in Our Unity . Perseverance ,Heroic past , & Jagdi kerdink …
      all foreign Powers have used & sold us out …..Yote titegh teghin voski …Mi havadak Rusin (turkin) KHOSKI…

  2. State of Emergency said:

    Putin in “closed door meeting”: we’ll pull our troops out of Gyumri, halt all logistic and political cover for Artsakh, scale down economical trade, cancel all guest worker permits, extend further loans and credits for Azeri weapon purchases, and help Turkey build a second nuclear plant…other than that we’re perfectly okay with Armenia pursuing other national and security interest options.

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