ArmInfo. Secretary of the "Bright Armenia" parliamentary faction Gevorg Gorgisyan answered the statement of the press secretary of the Chief of the General Staff of the RA Armed Forces.
"The Head of the Information Department of the General Staff of the RA Armed Forces Samvel Asatryan made a statement in defense of the Chief of the General Staff Artak Davtyan, crossing the line of correctness.
I would like to note that representatives of the "Bright Armenia" party always speak with special respect and caution regarding the RA Armed Forces, but this personal statement forces me to give an appropriate answer, "Gorgisyan said.
The MP noted that as a member of the NA Standing Committee on Defense and Security and the Commission investigating the circumstances of the April four-day war, he can confidently assert that during the work of the Commission enough facts were revealed to initiate a criminal case against Artak Davtyan. According to him, in particular, under Article 376 of the RA Criminal Code (dishonest attitude towards service), and in case of disclosure of certain circumstances - and on the basis of Article 299 of the RA Criminal Code (high treason).
"The pro-government lawmakers who worked in the commission and the chairman of the commission Andranik Kocharian are well aware of this. He even spoke about this. I would like to quote Kocharyan's words verbatim:" Artak Davtyan, as the head of the operational department, played a very bad role in the April hostilities 2016 ". If we add to all this the actions of Mr. Davtyan during his tenure as Chief of the General Staff of the RA Armed Forces, the reduction of the military unit in Syunik, the ineffective acquisition of Su-30SM fighters, the write-off of radio intelligence equipment for disposal as scrap metal, as well as a number of well-known and unknown problematic episodes of his previous activities, questions arise regarding the compatibility of Artak Davtyan's tenure with the interests of the Republic of Armenia, "the opposition MP noted, adding that all statements of Bright Armenia members regarding Davtyan and his activities are justified and even rather mildly presented.
At the same time, Gorgisyan expressed hope that the details of Davtyan's activities will be studied after the change of power in Armenia, within the framework of relevant criminal cases. "Anarchy and chaos in the country have intensified so much that subordinate bodies began to swagger in relation to their superior," summed up Gorgisyan.
It should be reminded that on May 5, in an interview with reporters, the head of the Bright Armenia opposition faction Edmon Marukyan noted that the conclusion of the investigation commission for studying the events of the April 2016 war contains a number of gaps, while promising to tell in more detail when it is clear which parts of the report can be published.
"I can only say that if the current Chief of the General Staff Artak Davtyan is one of the guilty of what happened, and this is so, based on the report and statements made earlier by Andranik Kocharyan, then he should not have occupied the post of Chief of the General Staff today. This is an important signal for me of the absence of an objective investigation. It turns out that one will not be accused unless he is needed. Those who are no longer needed or are in "another camp" will be charged, "Marukyan said that the force led by him will demand to declassify the report.
Reacting to these statements by Marukyan, yesterday the press secretary of the Chief of the General Staff of the RA Samvel Asatryan on his Facebook page noted that the MP allowed himself to make unfounded accusations against the Chief of the General Staff of the RA Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Artak Davtyan.
"The subjunctive mood of the lawmaker's statement is so baseless that there is no need to mention it, but we urge him, speaking about the chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, to be clear and targeted. Maybe the lawmaker and some members of his faction simply have no idea about military affairs. This is their problem, which does not give grounds to express unfounded thoughts. The large-scale work carried out in the Armed Forces is largely inaccessible to the public, and some MPs will be surprised to learn about it. Time will tell who is doing the real thing and who is just talking, " Asatryan noted.