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Armenia's PM: 'We are not Russia's ally in war against Ukraine'

Armenia's PM: 'We are not Russia's ally in war against Ukraine' Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Armenia has not been Russia's ally in the war against Ukraine since the invasion began in February 2022, according to the Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan.

"I said, in the Ukraine situation, we are not Russia’s ally. And that’s the reality," Pashinyan told the British newspaper Daily Telegraph.

"But I want to also tell you that with the U.S. or France or other partners, our security cooperation is not targeted against our other security sector partner," he added.

Over the past 30 years, Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought two major wars over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. This region is part of Azerbaijan, and last September Azerbaijani forces gained full control over it.

In recent months, Pashinyan has said that Armenia can no longer rely on Russia to meet its defense needs, as his country did not receive the necessary assistance from Moscow.

Pashinyan also expressed hope that Azerbaijan would remain open to negotiating a strong peace agreement.

For more on Armenia's policy, please refer to the RBC-Ukraine article "Two steps forward, one step back. Will Armenia change its course from Russia to West?"