ArmInfo. Another brawl occurred in the Armenian parliament - this time the Republican Party Deputy, the 70-year-old Artashes Geghamyan and the head of the opposition bloc faction "Elk" Nikol Pashinyan agreed in hand-to-hand fight.
Hand-to-hand happened in the foyer of the National Assembly, it is noteworthy that the pensioner Artashes Geghamyan became its initiator. And it all began with the fact that in his speech on the agreement between Armenia and Russia on the procedure for monitoring the availability and targeted use of military products supplied under the Treaty between the two countries on the development of military-technical cooperation, Pashinyan appealed to Geghamyan. Pashinyan, in particular, sharply criticized this agreement and Geghamyan, zealously defending this document. In his speech, Pashinyan called Geghamyan an adherent of communism and called on him to speak exclusively on the themes of Marxism-Leninism, and not on international agreements.
Insulted to the depths of his soul by his sarcastic speech, Geghamyan decided to find out the relationship with Pashinyan in the foyer of the National Assembly and rushed at him with his fists, demanding that he no longer mention his name in vain, or in his speeches. After the incident on his Facebook page, Pashinyan wrote: "Geghamyan pounced on me with his fists, I successfully struck him off, I even managed to clean my shoes on him." And the deputy from the block "Elk" Gevorg Gorgisyan after a brawl from the rostrum of the parliament called on the Republican Party to pacify its deputies. "There was such a situation that the RPA should give out some straitjackets to some of its deputies instead of the mandate," he said.
The agreement between Armenia and Russia on the procedure for monitoring the availability and targeted use of military products supplied under the Treaty between the two countries on the development of military-technical cooperation was signed on October 3, 2016 in Yerevan. It is a logical continuation of the agreement "On the development of military-technical cooperation", signed on June 25, 2013. According to the document, Armenia will be obliged to produce at the request of the Russian Federation the necessary documentation confirming the targeted use of Russian military products supplied to the country. Another article provides that the purpose of supervision is to check the availability and targeted use of products supplied by contracts entered into under the treaty. The party, on whose territory the military products are supplied, is obliged to submit the military products indicated in the application, as well as the documents necessary for confirming its intended use.
The agreement is also subject to armaments coming to Armenia within the framework of a Russian loan of $ 200 million. According to Deputy Defense Minister Artak Zakaryan, Russia has supplied arms to Armenia at prices significantly lower than in the world market. "The correlation between the volume of purchased weapons and the payments made shows that we were able, according to the agreement, to conclude contracts on Russian domestic market prices, and sometimes below it, and to make appropriate deliveries," the deputy minister said. He assured that the provisions specified in the agreement were fully implemented.
Representatives of the ruling party amicably supported the agreement, but the opposition bloc "Elk", speaking for the withdrawal of Armenia from the Eurasian Economic Union, strongly opposed. In particular, the head of the bloc faction Nikol Pashinyan stated that with this and other similar documents, Russia bit by bit takes away sovereignty from Armenia. "It came to the point that we must now report to it before using any weapons. And you asked if similar documents exist between Russia and Azerbaijan," Pashinyan said. To this the head of the parliamentary commission on defense, national security and internal affairs, republican Koryun Nahapetyan replied that such documents are an international legal norm. "There is an international practice in which the producing country can subsequently monitor the use of exported weapons," he explained.