YEREVAN. – It turns out that Russia was proposing to the Republic of Armenia (RA) to carry out a joint “humanitarian mission” in Syria still back in 2015, but then President Serzh Sargsyan was turning down this proposal and justifying it with the threats to the safety of the Armenian community in Syria, according to Zhamanak (Time) newspaper.
“[But Prime Minister] Nikol Pashinyan agreed to that proposal so he can dissipate the suspicions, or accusations toward the RA new authorities’ being anti-Russian. But with that, he ended up in the trap which the Russian authorities set.
“And now the RA authorities have problems with the American side. By the way, the Armenian sappers leaving for Syria have undergone professional training by American specialists and with American funding. And now it turns out that by leaving for Syria, they will take part in the measures that are implemented against the US-led coalition forces [in that country],” Zhamanak wrote.