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Newly minted Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian has visited Moscow to pay tribute to Aremnia’s protector, the Russian Federation. Many analysts were confused over the lack of forceful response from the Kremlin during the Armenian protests that deposed former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan who had been installed as the new PM to maintain power. It seems Russian President Putin was assured that Pashinian would maintain the defense cooperation between the two nations. Russia maintains a military base in Armenia and supplies arms to both Armenia, and its arch-enemy Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan and Armenia are still locked in a ‘frozen conflict’ over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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“Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian has thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for what he called Moscow’s “balanced position” amid the political upheaval that brought him to power in Yerevan, and reassured the Kremlin that the “strategic alliance” between the countries is not in doubt,” reported RFERL.
President Putin assured Armenia that bilateral relations “will develop just as steadily as they have up to now.”
Pashinian said the strategic-alliance relations between Armenia and Russia” required “no discussion.” He added that “there is a consensus on this issue in Armenia. I think that nobody in our country has or will cast doubt on the strategic importance of Armenian-Russian relations.”
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Meanwhile, the Baltic-based news outlet, Meduza, which writes frequently on happenings inside the Russian Federation, reported the press secretary for the oil company Rosneft, Mikhail Leontyev told Komsomolskaya Pravda that Armenia “wouldn’t exist” were it not for Russia’s support. On Monday, he wrote an open letter to Armenia’s new prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, apologizing for his “emotional and unacceptable” outburst, and explaining that his comments do not reflect the company’s position or views, wrote Meduza.