Yerevan, Armenia – Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan, who suffered a heavy defeat against Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, is absent. The Armenian opposition, on the other hand, formed a formation called the ‘National Liberation Committee’ to overthrow it.
Russian-brokered talks have sparked speculation that Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who signed the agreement, which means a heavy defeat against Azerbaijan, has not appeared for two days, while chaotic weather continues in the capital Yerevan.
Opposition demonstrators gathered in Yerevan’s Freedom Square and decided to establish a parallel political structure in the country called the “Armenian National Liberation Committee”. The people are demanding Pashinyan’s resignation.
The Dashnak Party, the Armenian branch of the Armenian diaspora, which is usually spread around the world, is leading the protests in Freedom Square.
The Dashnak Party claimed that other opposition forces in the country also supported them. About 30 thousand people gathered in yesterday’s demonstrations, there was also a brawl.
Demonstrators chanting nationalist slogans clashed with security forces at times. As many as 130 protesters were detained as police intervened.
During the demonstrations, the opposition called on lawmakers who had not been able to meet for two days to convene, calling for the process to be started for the withdrawal of the agreement signed by Nikol Pashinyan. Yesterday, however, parliament failed to secure a sufficient majority for the meeting.
After the development, the Dashnak Party made a closed statement that “if Pashinyan does not resign, we will find another way.” From the squares, the slogans “traitor Pashinyan” continue to rise.
The whereabouts of Prime Minister Pashinyan and his family are unclear as the ground moves in Yerevan.
Grapark newspaper, ” no doubt in this environment Pashinyan can not go out on the street. He’s obviously going to be lynched. But it is the most natural right of the Armenian people to know where Pashinyan, who said that he continues to rule the country, is,” he commented.
According to the newspaper, Pashinyan’s two daughters, Mariam and Shushan, left Armenia a week ago and went to Canada.
Pashinyan’s wife, Anna Akopyan, who continued to receive military training to go to the front three days ago, also mysteriously disappeared.
Anna Akopyan is believed to have been with Pashinyan with her son as of Tuesday. As a hiding place, the building of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia was pointed out.
Armenia’s “political” news site, citing the latest images shared by Nikol Pashinyan on Facebook the previous morning, suggested that he may have hidden in the US Embassy in Yerevan.
Meanwhile, Armenia’s National Security Service has called for questioning the country’s former leader, Serzh Sargsyan, who left power in 2018. The National Security Service was said to have tried to prevent a possible coup attempt.
Meanwhile, a surprising exit came from Araik Harutyunyan, the leader of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Harutyunyan, who supported Pashinyan, said: “it is all the people of Armenia who betray their homeland. We called on the Armenians to come to the front. Very few volunteered, and they refused to fight on the front lines,” he said.
After the Nagorno-Karabakh agreement between the Baku and Yerevan administrations, Russian troops reached the critical Lachin corridor connecting Armenia to Karabakh and took control of the region. Ahead of the development, the Russian Defense Ministry shared for the first time a map of where the peacekeeping forces it has sent to the region will be deployed.
The map presented to the Press by General Sergey Rudskoy, Commander of the Operations Department of the Russian General Staff, stated the locations where 1,960 Russian soldiers would be placed. According to this, the center of the peacekeeping force commanded by Russian General Rustam Muradov of Azerbaijani origin will be in Khankendi, the capital of Karabakh.
Nagorno-Karabakh will be divided into two areas of responsibility: North and South. 16 military observation posts will be established in these two regions. Four checkpoints will be established in the 5-kilometer-wide corridor connecting Armenia to the Karabakh region. The Peace Corps map also has two patrol routes. The first is the Agdam region front line, and the second is the Khojavend (Martuni) region line.
General Rudskoy also said that a 24-hour communication channel has been established with the General Staff of Azerbaijan and Armenia to carry out the peacekeeping mission.
After Azerbaijan defeated Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh and liberated its occupied territories, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar made a “congratulatory visit” to Baku with the force commanders.
Akar and the commanders, who were greeted by Azerbaijani Defense Minister General Zakir Hasanov, attended the ceremony held at the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan.
Akar said: “the heroism and courage shown by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces during the 44-day operation to save their territory from occupation is admirable. The operation ended in 44 days, but make sure that this will be talked about for 44 years,” he said.
Azerbaijani Defense Minister Hasanov thanked Turkey for its unlimited support in this process.
Meanwhile, a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of a joint Turkish-Russian Center for Nagorno-Karabakh, voiced by President Tayyip Erdogan, was reportedly signed between the defense ministers of the two countries.
According to the Ministry of National Defense, a signing ceremony was held by video conference between Minister Akar and his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu.
Akar said that these signatures will contribute significantly to ensuring peace in Karabakh.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov said that sending peacekeepers to Karabakh jointly with Turkey is out of the question, and all contact between Russia and Turkey will be conducted only through an observation center that will be established on Azerbaijani territory.
“As stated in the declaration signed by the three leaders, only Russia will carry out the peacekeeping mission. Our cooperation and contacts with Turkey will be carried out directly through the Observation Center, which will be established on the territory of Azerbaijan,” he said.
“A new supervisory mechanism for the Karabakh conflict is being established. Turkey will have a role here as well as Russia,” he said.