ArmInfo. The offices of the first and second presidents of Armenia reacted harshly to today's statements by RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan regarding the canceled visit of ex-presidents Levon Ter-Petrosyan and Robert Kocharian to Moscow.
Thus, the press secretary of the first president of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan Arman Musinyan, when asked by journalists to comment on Pashinyan's statements on his Facebook page, in particular wrote: "Levon Ter-Petrosyan considers it senseless to comment on the mental convulsions of the one who destroys the nation. Anyway, he has no way to justify himself. The Armenian people will never forgive him. "
In turn, head of the office of second president Robert Kocharyan, Viktor Soghomonyan, noted that after Pashinyan's publication, he thought about answering or not. "But in connection with Pashinyan's recording, I remembered a story. So, one person asks a friend: is it true that our neighbor won a car in the lottery? He replies: "Almost". But not a neighbor, but his brother, and not in the lottery, but in a casino, and not a car, but an apartment, and did not win, but lost. Lies and falsifications are inseparable from Nikol, "Soghomonyan wrote. Today, RA Prime Minister Pashinyan presented his version of the failed visit of Kocharyan and Ter- Petrosyan to Moscow. He said that the Second and Third Presidents of Karabakh Arkady Ghukasyan and Bako Sahakyan on October 20 proposed to organize a meeting of the current and former leaders of Armenia and the NKR, which would become an expression of national unity during the war.
"After some discussions, I agreed. Arkady Ghukasyan and Bako Sahakyan at our next meeting said that there is one subtlety in this idea. Levon Ter-Petrosyan and Robert Kochariyn want to visit Moscow, hold summit meetings there, and our meeting will be organized after their return, it will become a kind of exchange of information, a more meaningful discussion of the situation. I said that I do not mind. I will even provide a government plane, let them go, meet and return. However, after my consent, the former presidents of Karabakh raised another issue. They said, that I need to act as a mediator for Russian President Vladimir Putin to accept Ter-Petrosyan and Kocharyan as special envoys.
I answered the following. I am in constant contact with the President of Russia. There are days when I talk to him on the phone five or six times. He will ask me what they should talk to him about, Why can't I tell him directly that I have to say it through special envoys? What should I answer him?
I suggested another option. Ter-Petrosyan and Kocharyan will make an official visit to Moscow as retired presidents, where they will be guests of former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who is also Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, and will try to organize courtesy meetings with the Russian President, Foreign Ministry and other high-ranking officials. Arkady Ghukasyan and Bako Sahakyan left, promising to discuss this option with Ter-Petrosyan and Kocharyan. It turned out that the option I proposed did not really interest the latter. In that case, what do they want from me?
They have already agreed to go to Moscow and meet with him. Then it turned out that the case was in Kocharyan's passport, which is in court. I said let them go to court, I will ask the prosecutor's office not to object to the return of the passport. And so it happened. The court returned the passport to Kocharyan, but Ter-Petrosyan and Kocharyan did not fly to Moscow. "
It is also worth emphasizing that the Deputy Chairman of the Armenian National Congress Levon Zurabyan previously stated that Pashinyan never gave the ex-presidents a mandate to negotiate. On October 30 it became known that the first and second presidents of Armenia, Levon Ter-Petrosyan and Robert Kocharyan, are planning to go to Moscow to discuss the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. On the same evening, it was reported that the visit would not take place due to the fact that Kocharyan infected with the coronavirus.