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13:15  25 february  2021
13:15  25 february  2021 Source:   france24.com

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Le Premier ministre arménien, Nikol Pachinian, a dénoncé une tentative de coup d'État militaire et limogé son chef d'état-major, le 25 février 2021. © Russian foreign ministry, AFP Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian denounces attempted military coup and dismissed his chief of staff on February 25, 2021.

Denouncing an attempted military coup, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian announced Thursday on Facebook the dismissal of his head of state- major. Events which take place in a context of deteriorating political situation, opponents of the Prime Minister increasing their pressure to obtain his departure.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian on Thursday, February 25, denounced an attempted military coup and sacked his chief of staff, after the army command demanded the resignation of his government .

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"I consider that the statement of the general staff is an attempt of military coup d'etat. I invite all our partisans to assemble place of the Republic" in Yerevan, he wrote on his Facebook page .

In a live address on this social network that he loves, Nikol Pachinian then announced the dismissal of General Onik Gasparian, at the head of the general staff. The opposition also plans to demonstrate.

Under pressure since the military defeat against Azerbaijan

The day before, Nikol Pachinian had dismissed a deputy of General Gasparian, which led the staff to demand his resignation, judging that the Prime Minister "is no longer able to take the necessary decisions ".

The Armenian Prime Minister is under pressure from the opposition which demands his resignation since the military defeat of Armenia against Azerbaijan in the fall of 2020 in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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At the time, faced with the risk of a debacle, the army asked the head of government to accept the terms of a ceasefire negotiated by Russian President Vladimir Putin and which involved significant losses territorial for Armenia.

Yerevan still controls de facto, thanks to the presence of Armenian separatists, most of the Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

But Armenia lost during a 2020 conflict the symbolic city of Shusha , as well as a glacis of Azerbaijani regions surrounding Karabakh. This defeat was experienced as a national humiliation.

On Thursday, the Kremlin expressed concern about the situation in Armenia, a traditional ally of Russia . "We are following the situation in Armenia with concern (...) and of course we call on everyone to calm," Russian presidency spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

With AFP

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