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Russia Says Embassy Not Attacked by Protesters in Yerevan

By Justice Nwafor
Russia Says Embassy Not Attacked by Protesters in Yerevan
Embassy of Russia, Yerevan. <br>Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The capital city of Armenia, Yerevan experienced a heightened state of tension due to a series of protests triggered by a resurgence in the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. Despite the volatile situation, protesters have refrained from showing any direct aggression towards Russians, according to Alexander Guchkov, the spokesperson for the Russian embassy in Armenia. Guchkov added that the ongoing events are within the boundaries of the law.

Armenia and Russia share a long history and a network of ties and contacts, which, as per Guchkov, cannot be severed overnight. He emphasized that Armenia is regarded as a friendly nation by Russia.

Citizens Blame Leadership for Escalation in Conflict

The dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh has sparked anger among the citizens of Yerevan, leading them to point fingers at Armenian leadership. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has particularly been blamed for the current situation. Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, has called for the commencement of “local anti-terrorist measures” and demanded the withdrawal of Armenian forces from the region.

However, Yerevan has denied the presence of Armenian forces in Karabakh. The events have been described as “an act of large-scale aggression.” This disagreement has further fueled the tension in the region, leading to the current wave of protests.

Russian Embassy Blocked, No Reports of Russians Injured

Despite the tense situation, Guchkov confirmed that there have been no reports of Russians being injured during the protests. However, the Russian embassy building in Yerevan has been blocked by protesters. The embassy has responded by issuing a note to the Armenian foreign ministry, requesting intervention.

The Russian embassy has found itself completely blocked by the crowd of protestors, making normal functioning of the embassy impossible. Online calls for protests outside the Russian Embassy in Armenia have been noted, and the mission is in touch with relevant bodies of the Republic of Armenia.

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