Protests in Armenia
Armenia announced today that it will host joint military exercises with the United States next week, likely to irritate Russia, Reuters reported.
The Armenian Defense Ministry said the purpose of the "Eagle Partner 2023" exercise, which will take place from September 11 to 20, is to prepare Armenian forces to participate in international peacekeeping missions.
Armenian President Armen Sarkisian has that he was resigning his largely ceremonial position, citing the inability of his office to influence policy during times of national crisis.
The announcement comes on the back of a period instability in the small and economically struggling ex-Soviet Caucasus nation in the wake of a war with its long-standing rival Azerbaijan.
The party of Armenia's acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan won the early parliamentary polls with 53.92% of the votes, according to preliminary results on June 21.
Unofficial results announced by the Central Electoral Commission of Armenia showed that Pashinyan's Civil Contract Party came first in the election held on June 20.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced on March 28 that he will resign next month while staying in office until snap parliamentary elections due on June 20, as part of an effort to curb the political crisis gripping the Caucasus country.
Turkey opposes all types of coup attempts, said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan regarding the attempted military takeover in Armenia against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian.
"We are against all types of coups. We simply cannot accept coup attempts," Erdoğan told reporters in a brief news conference following Friday prayers in Istanbul.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Feb. 25 fired the head of the general staff of the armed forces after an "attempted coup."
Pashinyan fired the deputy chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Tiran Khachatryan, earlier this week after he derided the prime minister's claim that just 10% of Russia-supplied Iskander missiles that Armenia used in the conflict exploded on impact.