YEREVAN, September 18. /ARКА/. Artur Vanetsyan, now the former head of the National Security Service of Armenia, who was dismissed on September 16 by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, urged journalists today “not to fish in troubled waters and not to draw him into political games,” according to factor.am.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in comments on Vanetsyan’s dismissal said the decision was made by “mutual consent” and “as a result of several discussions.” He said Vanetsyan will continue to head the Football Federation of Armenia.
In a Facebook post on September 16 Vanetsyan described his decision to quit ‘in the current situation and in the context of the future’ as the most desirable and reasonable option to serve Armenia and his people.
According to Vanetsyan, his 18-month tenure was open, and each step was in tune with one principle – the homeland and the honor of the career officer are above all.
“State building has its own logic: spontaneity of decisions and actions, inability to differentiate important from secondary and transitional from permanent – this work style is not the way that will lead to the realization of goals. This has nothing to do with officer’s dignity, with esprit de corps. Let my resignation be a sobering step,” Vanetsyan wrote.
Factor.am quoted him also as saying that his decision to resign was made completely independently and without political pressure.
“I did not consult my resignation with any political force, but only with my wife, children and parents… It was carefully considered, and I do not regret it,” he said.
Vanetsyan stressed that today he cannot declare his intention to engage in politics and denied having connections with Mikael Minasyan, the son-in-law of ex-president Serzh.
“Mikael Minasyan is the person who still has to answer many questions. The investigation will give answers,” he said.
Vanetsyan was appointed as chief of the National Security Service by Nikol Pashinyan in May 2018 in the wake of the velvet revolution that ousted then prime minister Serzh Sargsyan.