ArmInfo.The political future of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan depends on his ability to step into the same river twice. Russian political scientist Arkady Dubnov expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
Today the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Armenia demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister of Armenia, accusing the country's political leadership of "leading the state to a dangerous brink." The demand was announced after the dismissal of the first deputy chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Tiran Khachatryan.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan described the situation as an attempted coup, urging citizens to gather in Republic Square and defend the revolution. Pashinyan has already signed a decision on the resignation of Chief of the General Staff Onik Gasparyan, which the president has not yet signed. At the moment, a rally in support of Pashinyan is underway on Republic Square. In parallel, a rally of opponents of the current government is taking place on Freedom Square.
"I can say that there are no precedents of military coups in the post-Soviet space. In this light, the demand of the generals of the Armenian Armed Forces for Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's resignation is evidence of his rapidly declining image. At least at this stage, the situation looks like this," he said.
The political scientist assessed the statement of the Armenian prime minister made a couple of days ago, on the effectiveness of the Iskander missile systems produced in Russia, as not very professional. In his opinion, Pashinyan's statement looks like an attack not only against Moscow, but also against the military of his own country. Especially against the background that the army today is the most vulnerable part of the Armenian society and state after the defeat in the 44-day war with Azerbaijan.
"I assess this statement of Pashinyan as a serious political blunder. And this blunder is quite capable of dramatically strengthening the position of the Armenian opposition, which has long been demanding his resignation. Thus, the settlement of the internal political situation today entirely depends on the ability of Pashinyan himself to once again bring the Armenian society out into the streets in his support. In this case, the prime minister will be able to confirm his own legitimacy and authority, in other words, to step into the same river twice, "Dubnov summed up.