26 Apr 2018 21:51

Russia is meddling in Armenia's affairs - Opposition politician Pashinyan

YEREVAN. April 26 (Interfax) - Claiming that the 2017 parliamentary elections in Armenia were legitimate is wrong, the Armenian protest movement leader and parliamentarian Nikola Pashinyan said.

"To say that the election of a parliament formed on pre-election bribes was legitimate - I consider it a misunderstanding," Pashinyan told reporters, commenting on Acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan's telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It was reported earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed Armenia's domestic political situation with Armenia's Acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan in a telephone conversation on Thursday. "It was stressed that the crisis in Armenia must be settled solely within the law, in accordance with the effective Constitution and based on the results of the legitimate parliamentary elections held in April 2017. In this context, the importance was emphasized of the election by parliament of the prime minister of the Republic due on May 1 of this year," the Kremlin said in a statement.

Pashinyan also said that he does not consider this statement as an attempt to interfere in Armenia's domestic affairs. "I think it is wrong to interpret it the way that there is support. Russia, just as other countries, is not meddling in Armenia's domestic affairs," Pashinyan said.