Edmon Marukyan, chairman of the Bright Armenia Party and head of its parliamentary faction, presented on Facebook on the basis of which treaty Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had applied to Russian President Vladimir Putin for help.
Marukyan noted as follows:
ON FRIENDSHIP, COOPERATION AND MUTUAL ASSISTANCE BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA AND THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
(signed August 29, 1997
entered into force on November 05, 1998)
The High Contracting Parties shall closely cooperate with each other in ensuring the protection and security of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Armenia and the Russian Federation.
They shall consult immediately whenever one of them considers that there is a threat of an armed attack on it—in order to ensure joint defense and to maintain peace and mutual security.
These consultations shall determine the need, forms, and amount of assistance that one High Contracting Party will provide to the other High Contracting Party in overcoming the created situation.”
As Armenian News-NEWS.am reported earlier, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had petitioned to Russian President Vladimir Putin to start immediate consultations to determine the type and amount of assistance that Russia can provide to Armenia for ensuring its security, and on the basis of the Armenia-Russia allied relations and Article 2 of the August 29, 1997 Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between the two countries.
Later, the Russian Foreign Ministry had responded to Pashinyan’s petition, noting that Russia will provide all necessary assistance to Yerevan if the current hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) conflict zone moved into the territory of Armenia.