Putin speaks with Armenian PM after tensions

Putin speaks with Armenian PM after tensions
Putin speaks with Armenian PM after tensions

Armenia, a traditional ally of Russia, has for months questioned its ties with Moscow, angry because a Russian peacekeeping force failed to intervene during an offensive by the Azerbaijan to retake Nagorno-Karabakh last year.

“Regarding our bilateral relations, they are developing successfully,” Mr. Putin told Mr. Pashinian, who was visiting Moscow on the occasion of the summit of the Eurasian Economic Union, in a video published by the Kremlin.

The meeting took place five months after Armenia joined the International Criminal Court, which requires it to arrest Mr. Putin if he were to set foot on Armenian territory.

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Mr. Putin said that “we always pay attention, first of all, to economic cooperation.” He did not mention the tensions.

Mr. Pashinian is increasingly critical of Armenia’s ties with Russia.

Moscow has accused the small mountainous country of wanting to end a decades-long partnership.

This is Mr. Pashinian’s first trip to Moscow since the start of tensions.

At the end of 2023, Armenia boycotted a summit organized by a security alliance led by Moscow, because of what Mr. Pashinian described as the bloc’s failure to fulfill its security obligations.

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