YEREVAN — Armenia has given Russia until August 1 to withdraw its border guards from Yerevan’s Zvartnots international airport, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Tuesday.

Russian border guards have for decades been stationed at Zvartnots as well as along Armenia’s borders with Turkey and Iran as part of close Russian-Armenian military ties. A senior official announced on March 6 the Armenian government’s decision to remove them from the airport. It came amid a continuing deterioration of Yerevan’s relations with Moscow.

Pashinyan said that the demand was formally communicated to the commanders of the Russian border guards in Armenia.

“They were informed that … the Armenian border guard service at Zvartnots has gained enough experience and skills to carry out border controls at the airport without the help of the Russian side,” he told a news conference.

“The deadline there is set for August 1, 2024. From August 1, we will perform the service on our own,” he said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the Armenian side notified the Russians about its decision in a letter. He said that relevant Russian and Armenian are now engaged in “contacts” on the matter.

“I can’t say more now,” Peskov told reporters. “Naturally, contacts at all possible levels will continue.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the latest updates from MassisPost.

You May Also Like

Pope Francis Hopes Turkey Will Open Border With Armenia

Pope Francis said he hoped that Turkey will open its border with…

Human Rights Watch Calls on Armenian Authorities to Investigate Ill-Treatment of “Sasna Tsrer” Defendends

YEREVAN – Four members of an armed opposition group in Armenia, on…

Ter-Petrosian Sets New Deadline For Armenian Leadership

YEREVAN — Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian gave Armenia’s leadership late on Friday…

Dr. Ohannes Kiliçdagi Named as the 17th Kazan Visiting Professor in Armenian Studies at California State University, Fresno

FRESNO — Dr. Ohannes Kiliçdagi has been named as the 17th Henry…