YEREVAN. – After the revolution in Armenia last year, it wasn’t that for the Russian elite that they would welcome, as some structural changes took place. Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan on Tuesday told about this to reporters at the National Assembly of Armenia, and touching upon Armenian-Russian relations.
Asked if there is some deterioration in these relations, Kocharyan said: “[They] are so multilayer relations that one can’t speak in separate episodes. Of course, after the revolution, it wasn’t that for Russia’s elite that they would welcome. Since the structure of the country [Armenia] is already changing, they [the Russian elite] must come to terms with the fact that [now] the Prime Minister [of Armenia] is in the Supreme Council, whereas prior to that, their psychology was different—that it was the President. There are differences, and time is required for that.”
To the remark that Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan argues that Armenian-Russian relations are very good, Kocharyan said that if speaking integrally, yes, this is so.
“There are separate episodes that can’t deviate the profound, multidimensional all that,” he added. “There are always separate issues with any state.”
When asked how the revolution has affected Armenian-Russian relations, Kocharyan said that respective adaptation is required.
To the remark that certain problems in these relations may be related to persons, the Armenian deputy FM noted: “When we speak about changes, we are not speaking about a ‘person.’ No ‘person’ is written there; ‘Armenia’ is written there.”
And commenting on whether Vladimir Putin will pay a visit to Armenia on October 1, Kocharyan said they have not invited the Russian president because a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council will be convened in capital city Yerevan, and the heads of states of the Eurasian Economic Union member countries—including Russia—are expected to attend this event.
“We have invited states that are not members,” Shavarsh Kocharyan added. “We have invited the president of Iran, the prime minister of Singapore, [and] the president of Moldova.”