ArmInfo. I do not think that Second President of Armenia, Robert Kocharyan, could lead to any strategic revolution in Russian-Armenian relations. This opinion was expressed at a press conference by the director of the Caucasus Institute, Alexander Iskandaryan, commenting on the friendly relations between Kocharyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as the meeting between the Russian President and Kocharyan's wife during Purin's last visit to Yerevan.
Iskandaryan noted that the Kremlin is able to separate personal relationships and politics. <In the case of Russia, this is happening in almost all directions. I don't know the EAEU member countries whose leaders have good relations with Putin>, he said. According to him, Russia is not pleased with the way in which RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan came to power. However, this circumstance does not prevent both states from sharing personal and strategic relations.
<Of course, various tactical mistakes are made, but I don't think that Kocharyan's figure could lead to any strategic revolution in Russian-Armenian relations. The supply of weapons has no any connection with Kocharyan figure>, said Iskandaryan.
Robert Kocharyan is being accused in the March 1, 2008 case. On May 18, the court of general jurisdiction of Yerevan decided to change the preventive measure against Robert Kocharyan from arrest to release on bail. On June 25, the Criminal Court of Appeal decided to reverse the decision of the trial court. On September 25, the Court of Cassation rejected the request of Kocharyan's lawyers to annul the decision of the Court of Appeal.