Armenia’s NA Speaker Alen Simonyan Calls for Withdrawal of Russian Border Guards from Zvartnots Airport

YEREVAN — Parliament speaker Alen Simonyan on Tuesday criticized Russian border guards and military personnel deployed in Armenia, saying that they do not protect his country against Azerbaijani attacks.

The border guards have for decades been stationed along Armenia’s borders with Turkey and Iran as well as at Yerevan’s Zvartnots international airport. During and after the 2020 war in Nagorno-Karabakh, they were also deployed, along with Russian army units, to some sections of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

Simonyan indicated that the Armenian government now wants them to leave Zvartnots, he called for Russian withdrawal from the airport.

“We will defend the borders of our country, but I’m not sure they will defend the borders of our country,” Simonyan told reporters, clearly referring to not only the border guards but also Russian troops. “It was proved on a number of occasions that they didn’t protect [Armenia] and even did everything to make those borders much more vulnerable.”

Simonyan went on to point to the failure of Russian peacekeeping forces to prevent or stop last September’s Azerbaijani military offensive that forced Nagorno-Karabakh’s practically entire population to flee to Armenia.

“What did they do in Nagorno-Karabakh? They escorted the Armenian population out [of the region] … One day they could also escort me and you out of Zvartnots,” he said.


Published by

Recent Posts

No Hidden Agenda at Brussels Meeting, Document Published in Azerbaijani Media is Fake: Armenian Foreign Ministry

YEREVAN -- The Brussels process has been completely transparent and will remain so, Spokesperson for…

3 hours ago

AGC: Commemoration of the 109th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

April 18, 2024 LOS ANGELES —The Armenian Genocide Committee (AGC), a broad-based coalition of the…

5 hours ago

U.S. State Department: Russia’s Military Presence in Nagorno-Karabakh Failed to Contribute to Peace and Stability

WASHINGTON, DC -- During an April 17 press briefing in Washington, Vedant Patel, principal deputy…

6 hours ago

EU Set to Provide Non-Lethal Assistance to Armenia

BRUSSELS -- A preliminary agreement has been reached in Brussels on providing non-lethal assistance to…

6 hours ago

Armenian and Saudi Foreign Ministers Discuss Bilateral Relations Regional and International Developments

RIYADH -- On April 17, the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia…

1 day ago

Armenia Records Significant Changes in Positive Peace Index

Armenia ranks 54th in the Positive Peace Index (PPI), according to Positive Peace Report 2024…

1 day ago