Kristine Vardanyan, a member of the Armenian parliament from the “Armenia” opposition faction, said that the republic should not become an “anti-Russian foothold.”
According to her, less than 3,000 Russian peacekeepers ensure the security of 120,000 Armenians under blockade in Karabakh. There are few of them, and this is understood by those who visited Karabakh after November 2020, when the tripartite ceasefire statement was signed.
“Therefore, Armenia must develop relations with traditional allies, as well as look for new ones, but Armenia cannot turn into an anti-Russian springboard,” Vardanyan wrote on social networks.
Recently, criticism of Russian peacekeepers has become more frequent among Armenian politicians. In particular, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated that Russian peacekeepers allegedly do not fulfill their obligations regarding control over the Lachin corridor in Karabakh, this statement was made despite the efforts of the Russian side to unblock it. In turn, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pointed out that the Russian peacekeeping contingent is clearly fulfilling its tasks, but “the situation is very difficult.”