Russia says snap polls in Armenia are its internal affair


YEREVAN, March 18. /ARKA/ The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova told a press briefing today that Russia hopes that the period of campaigning for snap parliamentary election in Armenia will be constructive.

Earlier on Thursday, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called for snap polls on June 20 as a way to diffuse the tension.

In a Facebook post, Nikol Pashinyan said that he discussed the issue with Gagik Tsarukyan, the leader of Prosperous Armenia, the largest opposition party in parliament.

According to Pashinyan, they agreed to hold early parliamentary elections after consulting Armenian President Armen Sarkissian and some other political alliances.

“We consider the decision to hold early parliamentary elections in 2021 as an internal affair of Armenia. We recorded that the parties were able to agree on the date of the election. We express our hope that the pre-election period will be held in a constructive atmosphere aimed at achieving a long-term result,” Zakharova said.

Nikol Pashinyan has been facing opposition demands to resign since he signed a peace deal in November with Azerbaijani and Russian leaders to end the 44-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh that claimed thousands of young lives, and saw Azerbaijan reclaim control over large parts of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas that had been held by Armenian forces for more than a quarter of a century. -0


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