Caucasus Reality 11 september — 13:25

Putin's visit to Yerevan is frustrated

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BY INFORMATION SECTION

On October 1, a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Eurasian Economic Union with the participation of the heads of state included in it is planned in Yerevan. For the Armenian authorities, this summit is also important because Vladimir Putin will come to it for the first time after the revolution in Yerevan.

However, the Armenian media note that the visit of Vladimir Putin to Yerevan is in jeopardy.

According to the PAST publication, the services responsible for the security of the president of the Russian Federation demanded that the Armenian side ensure this very complete security for Putin to visit the 'penal institution' where former president Robert Kocharyan is being held, but was refused.

According to PAST information, the Armenian side was given time until September 10 to resolve this issue, otherwise Putin will not go to Yerevan. The 'Caucasian Knot' informs: 'Although the sources do not specify the reasons for wanting to visit the prison system, given Putin’s 'tender attitude' to Kocharyan, his annual birthday greetings to the ex-president of Armenia and so on, it can be assumed that Vladimir Putin missed Robert Kocharyan and wants to see him... To have a drink or something?'

It is worth recalling that after similar rumours began to spread in the Armenian media, a close supporter of Pashinyan, the head of the Union of Informed Citizens NGO Daniel Ioannisyan made a mocking appeal to the Russian leader.

'If Vladimir Putin wants to meet with Robert Kocharyan in prison, be should be careful not to have the door shut,' wrote Ioannisyan, whose organisation recently received funding from the government of Nikol Pashinyan to ensure higher quality elections in the occupation zone of Nagorno-Karabakh.

News.am and other resources are wondering if Putin will transfer the summit to Moscow in this case? Moscow has not yet commented on the hype.

To reassure the public, Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan confidently told reporters that Putin would come to Yerevan, but he didn't specify whether he would meet with Kocharyan or not.

The Armenian Ministry of Justice also issued a statement and noted that they did not receive requests for a wish to visit Robert Kocharyan during the summit. It is clear that if Putin really wanted to visit Robert Kocharyan in prison, the request would be sent to higher authorities. Thus, this statement could not stop the wave of rumours.

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