ArmInfo. It is necessary to restore the Armed Forces of Armenia as the most efficient army in the region. The second President of Armenia Robert Kocharian stated this in an interview with the Russian media, at the same time expressing the conviction that this can be done with the development of relations with Russia.
"We must find a formula for such integration with Russia, which will allow us to restore the country's armed forces," said Kocharian, quoted by RBC.
The former head of Armenia also commented on the ongoing confrontation between the General Staff and Pashinyan since last week, saying that the prime minister should apologize to the general who argued with him and was dismissed.
"The prime minister admitted that he was wrong (in the dispute about" Iskander "- RBC). What should a decent person with dignity do? He should have apologized to the [dismissed] General [Tiran] Khachaturian, he had to apologize to the General Staff, "the former president believes. Touching upon the document signed on November 10, Kocharyan noted that it is laid out in one and a half pages, while such issues are not resolved in one and a half pages, and many documents will have to be worked out on individual details.
The second president of Armenia also believes that an unjust peace in Karabakh will lead to a new war. Proceeding from the above, he stressed the importance of revitalizing the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group.
"The Minsk Group is needed now. Russia also needs it. It is difficult to say in what direction the negotiation process on the status of Karabakh will develop. But world experience shows that an unjust peace cannot last long. If one of the parties does not agree with the outcome of the war, then wait a new war. A political solution must be found. And if in Azerbaijan they think that they have solved the Karabakh problem, it will mean the opposite, despite the current situation, "Kocharian said. At the same time, Kocharian refused to assess the actions of the third RA President Serzh Sargsyan, who ceded power to Pashinyan. "We are always trying to look for the guilty. For me, 2018 was an incomprehensible year. I did not think that our people could be so easily manipulated. That the use of technology could be so effective in Armenian society. There were problems that led to these processes. But there was also an obvious application of technologies, geopolitics, active intervention of external non-Armenian forces, "Kocharian said. Commenting on the demands of the General Staff for the resignation of the government, Kocharian expressed his conviction that the generals are behaving too restrainedly. According to him, this is due to the fact that the Generals do not want their action to be perceived as an attempt at a military coup. "At the same time, one should not be afraid of the phrase" military coup. "There are many cases in history when a military coup allowed preserving statehood and ensuring the development of the economy," said the second President of the Republic of Armenia.