ArmInfo. The confrontation between the Armenian government and the Armed Forces has two possible outcomes. This opinion is shared by the former head of the National Security Service of Armenia, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary David Shahnazaryan.
Thus, the message received by ArmInfo from Shakhnazaryan, in particular, says: "Either Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan or Chief of the General Staff Onik Gasparyan will be arrested. There is no other option and the decision is still up to Colonel General Onik Gasparyan."
Note that on February 28, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan for the second time sent to the RA President a draft decree on the dismissal of the RA General Staff Chief.
The reason for this decision was the statement issued by the RA General Staff on February 25. Then the chief of the General Staff and 40 high-ranking officers issued a joint statement in which they called on the prime minister to resign. Pashinyan took this prize as an "attempted military coup" and signed a decree dismissing Gasparyan. However, on February 27, the RA President rejected the draft decree on Gasparyan's dismissal with objections.
On March 2, the President of Armenia announced that he would not sign the draft decree on the dismissal of Onik Gasparyan, and guided by paragraph 4 of part 1 of Article 169 of the Constitution, the President of the Republic will submit a separate statement to the Constitutional Court with a request to resolve the issue of compliance with the Constitution of the RA Law on Military Service and the Status of Servicemen. > dated November 15, 2017.
Reacting to this statement by the President, the General Staff stressed that the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Armenia, Colonel General Onik Viktorovich Gasparyan, until the expiration of the 8- day term (after the President's appeal to the Constitutional Court, other terms begin to operate) will continue serving the Motherland and the people, is the highest military commander of the armed forces. forces.