Kremlin: Ukraine ‘Maidan’ and Armenian ‘Velvet’ not the same

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MOSCOW, Russian Federation – Dmitry Peskov – press secretary of the Russian president  – called on interested parties not to draw parallels between the events in Armenia and Ukraine, where mass protests led to a change of power.

“The situation is completely different, and it is hardly possible to draw direct parallels. Of course, we still have to analyze the situation, but it is already clear that it is inappropriate to conduct direct analogies, “Peskov told journalists, answering the question whether the Kremlin does not consider the event in Armenia as a coup d’etat, as he once regarded the Ukrainian revolution.

According to the representative of the Kremlin, Moscow does not see the danger of destabilization of the situation in Transcaucasia in connection with the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan on Monday. “As long as we see that the situation does not go along the path of destabilization, we have cause for satisfaction,” Peskov said.

“Yesterday we said that what is happening in Yerevan is the internal affair of our Armenian friends, partners and allies. Armenia is a very valuable partner for us, and we hope that the country will maintain order and stability and that in the near future there will be outlines of that political configuration that will become the consensus of all forces that represent the Armenian people, “Peskov added.

On April 23, in connection with mass protests, Serzh Sargsyan announced his resignation as Prime Minister of Armenia, less than a week after assuming office. Earlier, Sargsyan was president of the country for two consecutive terms, from April 2008 to April 2018.

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[Editor’s note – recall that Putin recently stated that Peskov sometimes says things which are way off mark or fail to represent the Russian position in full]

Vedomosti – translated by J. Flores for FRN

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