ArmInfo.The reaction of the Russian Federation to the latest events in Armenia, according to which what is happening is an internal affair of Armenia itself could not be other by definition. Russian political scientist Andrei Areshev expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
"We see that Moscow is reacting to the situation around the statement of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces as in 2018. The solution of current problems is the business of the Armenian people and no one will solve them instead of them. On the other hand, the fragile Armenian statehood initially needed a completely different approach. And taking the power by an inadequate person "from the street" in no way strengthened it, "he stressed.
On February 25, 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 voiced after the dismissal of the first deputy chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Tiran Khachatryan.
According to him, the statement by the military was quite expected. And the fact that it followed in response to Pashinyan's attempt to shift his own responsibility for the defeat in the latest war directly to the leadership of the General Staff was also quite expected. Areshev considers teh current events and the growing internal political tension and nervousness in society as a natural result of Pashinyan's desire to evade responsibility and stay in power in any way.
Areshev regards the statement of the Armenian prime minister about 10% efficiency of "Iskander" as stupidity, expressed by a completely incompetent person. The worst option, in his opinion, is Pashinyan's deliberate attempt to render Russian weapons ineffective in order to cause discord in the Armenian-Russian military-political and military-technical cooperation.
"It is rather difficult to say how long Pashinyan will stay in power. One thing is clear to me - every day of his power makes Armenia weaker, more disorganized. The search for ways out of this deadlock is not easy, but there is such an attempt. Further weakening of the state and statehood is an alternative to forming an interim government, possibly a military one, and holding extraordinary elections after a while, "the Russian political scientist concluded.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan described what happened on February 25 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. After that, a rally in support of Pashinyan took place on Republic Square. In parallel, a rally of opponents of the current government took place on Freedom Square.