‘We are Ready for Peace, But are Prepared for War,’ Says Pashinyan

VIEW PHOTO GALLERY: Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan with Artsakh President Bako Sahakian monitor frontline activities in Artsakh on Sept. 18

STEPANAKERT—“We are ready for peace… But we are prepared for war,” said Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Tuesday after spending the day visiting frontline positions in Artsakh.

Accompanied by Artsakh President Bako Sahakian, Armenia’s Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan, chief of staff of Armenia’s Armed Forces Artak Davtyan and Artsakh Defense Minister Levon Mnatsakanyan, Pashinyan visited border positions in the north of Artsakh and discussed key issues related to troop readiness and the Karabakh conflict resolution process.

“Although the situation on the front line is quite tense, we can still conclude that it is stable and under control,” said Pashinyan in a Facebook Live post after concluding his visit to Artsakh. He elaborated by saying that he and President Sahakian also discussed the political and military situation related to the Karabakh conflict resolution process.

He added that the Armenian soldiers are confidently protecting the border and keeping the situation under control, saying that they are prepared for appropriate retaliatory measures in the event of attacks by Azerbaijan.

“However, this does not mean we want war or we are pushing for war. Instead, we are ready for negotiations—something that we have repeated many times,” said Pashinyan.

The trip, however, wasn’t without incident. While driving through Artsakh, Pashinyan’s convoy was stopped by two bear cubs.

Of course, the incident was posted on Facebook by the prime minister’s aide Nairi Sargsyan.


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  1. Zartir Lao said:

    A bunch of lies and BS similar to the lies and BS from Serjik, Robik and Levonik. Nothing has changed. April 2016 proved what you are actually ready for: more intense kissing of Russian ass. While Armenian villages are being shot at, you bozos have the nerve to come out make such “honorable” claims that you are ready for peace but will fight a war. You can’t even protect Armenian villages and let those citizens live in security. Until a leader like Jirair Sefilian takes charge of Armenia, there aren’t going to be any security improvements or steps toward sovereignty for Armenia. Armenia will remain what it always was: an unimportant outpost of Russia. So long as it it isn’t Russian citizens being shot at, everything else is just fine. The Armenian puppets of Russia will make sure of that.

    • Anait said:

      Such a stupid statement: Armenia is small land locked country! If Russia will not protect Armenia do you think Armenia can fight Azerbaijan, Turkey? and others? Why not appreciate that Russia (I do not even know why) but for now it restrains Azerbaijan which is good for us.

      • Zareh Sahakian said:

        “Such a stupid statement” !!! If Russia stops arming Azerbaijan Armenia will not be restrained to give a permanent and lasting solution.

  2. Edward Demiraiakian said:

    Where is the cub’s mother? They act tame, or clueless. And they are too young to survive alone. I think they are hungry, thus the loss of fear, or they learned to beg for food. Either way, not good.

  3. Gago said:

    You can never trust ANY country with your own country’s problems… But fact remains that Russia is the only reliable strategic alliance, unlike the USA, who is responsible for half a million deaths in Syria since 2011.

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