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Armenian protesters vow to oust prime minister – POLITICO

“Pashinyan has to go,” one middle-aged protester told POLITICO, saying he preferred not to give his name because he feared reprisals. When asked who should replace him as prime minister, or how another leader could avoid conflict with Azerbaijan while keeping the four villages, the protester replied: “Someone else will have a best plan.”

Pashinyan hailed the surrender of the four villages as a major step toward normalizing relations with Azerbaijan – the two countries have been fighting regularly since the fall of the USSR in 1991 – and fulfilling its international legal obligations. “We are reproducing the (legal) borders… from the moment of the collapse of the Soviet Union,” he said last week.

Earlier the same day, officials in Yerevan and Moscow confirmed that Russian border guards – stationed along the Armenia-Azerbaijan borders since the 1990s – had been asked to leave their posts and start to withdraw.

In recent years, Armenia has frozen its membership in the Russia-led CSTO military alliance, which refused its calls for support when Azerbaijan launched an offensive against the country in September 2022.

Under Pashinyan’s leadership, the country has instead held joint exercises with US forces, sent humanitarian aid to Ukraine and even hinted that it might one day apply for EU membership. Armenian opposition parties have criticized the country’s pivot to the West, saying historic ally Russia would otherwise defend their interests – despite the Kremlin’s growing deference to Azerbaijan and its ally Turkey since the start of the war in Ukraine.

Russian peacekeepers also failed to intervene when Azerbaijani troops and tanks entered the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh last September. The mountainous region lies within Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized borders, but has been controlled by Armenia since the 1990s war. That sudden invasion, which followed a nearly year-long blockade of the lines of supplies to the region, triggered the exodus of around 100,000 ethnic Armenian residents.

“The model that we have problems with our neighbors and we have to invite others to protect us — no matter who those others are — is a very vulnerable model,” Pashinyan told POLITICO last year, while committed to resolving the long Armenian conflict. – a permanent and bitter conflict with Azerbaijan.


Sara Adm

Aimant les mots, Sara Smith a commencé à écrire dès son plus jeune âge. En tant qu'éditeur en chef de son journal scolaire, il met en valeur ses compétences en racontant des récits impactants. Smith a ensuite étudié le journalisme à l'université Columbia, où il est diplômé en tête de sa classe. Après avoir étudié au New York Times, Sara décroche un poste de journaliste de nouvelles. Depuis dix ans, il a couvert des événements majeurs tels que les élections présidentielles et les catastrophes naturelles. Il a été acclamé pour sa capacité à créer des récits captivants qui capturent l'expérience humaine.
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