Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan has confirmed the news that there are Russian border guards deployed on Armenia’s border with Artsakh, but also explained that there is nothing unusual since soldiers of the Russian Federation were standing on Armenia’s borders with Iran and Turkey in the past and also in the south in case of escalation in that direction.
Reporter for Spain’s EFE Pablo Gonzalez asked the Prime Minister of Armenia to comment on the photos of allegedly Russian soldiers in the Nagorno-Karabakh region posted on social networks. “This is not new at all. Russian border guards are standing on Armenia’s borders with Turkey and Iran, that is, as always. Currently, as a result of the latest development of events, Russian border guards are also deployed on the southeastern and southwestern borders of Armenia as well. In other words, in essence, there is nothing new,” Pashinyan said.
In response to RIA Novosti, the press service of the Prime Minister confirmed that the interview was recorded on October 20. This section wasn’t included in the final version of the interview released by EFE, but Gonzalez showed it to RIA Novosti’s reporter. The reporter also posted these citations of the Prime Minister on his Twitter page as well.