YEREVAN. – Past daily of Armenia writes: Apparently, the visit to Germany did not go smoothly, to put it mildly, for [PM] Nikol Pashinyan.
And it is not only about the "fight" with [Azerbaijan President Ilham] Aliyev, the opinions about which are not unequivocal. First of all, the [Armenian] authorities wanted to show that Pashinyan enjoys the full support of Europe, but this goal could not actually be achieved.
In particular, our diplomatic sources inform that during the private meeting in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked numerous questions to the Armenian Prime Minister regarding [ex-President] Robert Kocharyan's case. The questions were so numerous and subjective that Pashinyan was initially surprised, and then annoyed, moreover that there were openly critical tones in the diplomatic wording of the questions.
According to the same sources, Merkel emphasized that Kocharyan's case gives the impression of political persecution, and if the Armenian authorities do not give clear and conclusive answers to the raised questions and dispel any doubts in the next couple of months, the German Foreign Ministry will have to include the issue on the agenda of bilateral relations as a matter of priority.