27 Oct 2018 12:50

Armenia may consider purchasing weapons from U.S. - Pashinyan

YEREVAN. Oct 27 (Interfax) - Armenia may discuss the proposal on purchases of U.S. weapons, if there is an advantageous offer, acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said.

"Nothing limits the government. If there is an offer beneficial for us, we will consider it," Pashinyan told reporters on Saturday.

During his visit to Yerevan earlier this week, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton urged the Armenian leadership to cancel the purchase of Russian weapons in favor of U.S. ones.

Bolton also discussed Karabakh during his visit and said that if Pashinyan achieves good results at the snap parliamentary election, it will be a good opportunity for resolute steps on the Karabakh settlement.

"The election results may give opportunities, but I have repeatedly said that there can be no decision on Karabakh that is not acceptable for the leadership and the people of Artsakh [Karabakh] and Armenia," Pashinyan said, commenting on Bolton's words.

"It is not up to me to resolve the Karabakh issue, it is up to the people. Additionally, the agreements reached in Vienna and St. Petersburg must not be forgotten. They should be implemented," he said.


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Turkish, Russian defense ministers discuss situation in Idlib - Turkish media

ISTANBUL. Oct 27 (Interfax) - Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu have had talks on the situation surrounding Syria on Saturday, according to the Anadolu news agency.

In particular, the ministers discussed the situation in the Syrian governorate of Idlib and ensuring security in the region, the news agency said.


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Cavusoglu, Lavrov meet in Istanbul prior to four-party summit on Syria - media

ISTANBUL. Oct 27 (Interfax) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu have held talks in Istanbul on Saturday, the Anadolu news agency said citing its sources.

The meeting was held in a narrow format, it said.