YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—Armenia’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said Georgia’s Ambassador to the US was “unaware of processes taking place in the region” after the envoy said Armenia had “fallen into Russia’s hands” and Genocide recognition was not a positive factor.
Speaking at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Washington last month, Georgia’s Ambassador to the US, Temuri Yakobishvili added to his statements about Armenia, by saying that “the events taking place in Armenia are directly linked to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict” and that its unresolved problems with Azerbaijan hinder Armenia’s progress.
He also criticized Armenia for housing Russian military bases and said that the recognition of the Armenian Genocide was not a positive factor, concluding that “the best thing is to find a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh problem” because it was holding Armenia back from addressing other issues.
Head of the Foreign Ministry’s Department of Neighboring Countries, Karen Mirzoyan explained Tuesday that “the statements by the Ambassador are a sign that he is unaware of the processes taking place in the region, and cannot be described in any other way. Such statements by the diplomat do not correspond to the spirit and high level of Armenian-Georgian relations.”
Georgia’s Ambassador to Armenia, Tengiz Sarmanashvili, said in Yerevan Tuesday that his colleague’s statements were being investigated by the Georgian Foreign Ministry.
At a press conference, Sarmanashvil praise Armenia-Georgia relations.