Prime Minister of Armenia: Yerevan does not discuss possibility of joining NATO

Armenia did not discuss and does not discuss with NATO the opportunity to join the alliance.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said this in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Russian Gossmi reports.

At the same time, the politician noted that the issue of maintaining membership in the CSTO can be considered debatable.

“In Armenia, certain discussions are going on about whether and to what extent corresponds to the long -term interests of Armenia, the membership strategy in [defense] alliances,” Pashinyan added.

In an interview with Pashinyan, he recalled that back in early 2022, in an interview with CNN, CNN emphasized that Armenia was “not an ally of Russia” when it comes to the situation in Ukraine.

“This is actually a reality. However, I also want to emphasize that our cooperation in the field of security with the United States, France or the rest of the party guards is not directed against our other partner in this area,” the prime minister said.

“Some of our partners may have fears about our relations with others or about how these relations can affect their agenda in the field of security,” said Nikol Pashinyan.

According to him, Yerevan is trying to solve the problems of the problems, discussing the common agenda as transparently as possible with all partners.

Armenia does not turn his back to Russia

Pashinyan also said that “Armenia did not say that she refuses to cooperate with Russia, in particular in the field of security.

“We talked about the diversification of our relations in this area. But this does not mean that we are breaking relations with Russia in this area,” said the head of the Armenian government.

According to the Prime Minister, this means that Yerevan establishes relations with the EU, France, the USA, Iran, India and other countries, and this is already reality today.

He also noted that Armenia relations with new security partners are not directed against Russia.

“They simply indicate that the former relations in this area do not meet Yerevan’s needs,” the head of the Armenian government added.

Also, the Prime Minister of Armenia stated that he does not make decisions to arrest certain people, including President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in connection with the Order of the International Criminal Court (MUS).

after 2018, serious reforms of the judicial system began in Armenia and in this area recorded great progress. In our country, the prime minister decides who to arrest and who is not, ”he said, answering the question of the possibility of the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin In the case of his arrival in Yerevan in connection with the Order of the Mus.

The International Criminal Court on March 17, 2023 issued an arrest warrant of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, as well as the Presidential President of the Russian Federation for the Rights of the Child Maria Lvova-Belova.

The court believes that the President of the Russian Federation and the Russian politician may be involved in “military crimes consisting in the illegal deportation of the population (children) and the illegal movement of the population (children) from the occupied territories of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.”