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Russia sees an attempt, through Armenia, to advance the interests of NATO countries in the South Caucasus. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters about this after Thursday’s meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, TASS reported.

"As for the heating up of anti-Russian sentiments, it is done artificially to a decisive extent. We know about such a number of NGOs that have been created in Armenia in recent years; and they were not few before as well. These organizations are not created to promote friendly relations between Armenia and the Russian Federation; exactly the opposite. They are aimed at creating the ground for anti-Russian sentiments and advancing, through Armenia, the interests of the United States and the European Union and NATO countries, first of all, in this region. We see those attempts; they achieve some results," Lavrov said.

He emphasized, however, that Russia has a deep conviction that the overwhelming majority of the Armenian people are interested in the development of traditional, fraternal ties with Russia.

"I would like to draw your attention to the fact that a day or two ago [Prime Minister of Armenia] Nikol Pashinyan gave a press conference, an interview, and in it he clearly said that Armenia is not changing its orientations. Let's hope that this position will prevail, despite the attempts to take Yerevan in another direction," added the Russian FM.

To note, Armenia participates in the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the CIS countries in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, at the level of a deputy foreign minister. And on Friday, Bishkek will host the meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the CIS; Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, however, will not be in attendance.

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