By | Rachel Brooks
March 3, 2021
Image credit: “File:Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan held informal meeting in Davos.jpg” by The Presidential Press and Information Office’s of Azerbaijan is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Azerbaijan and Turkey look on in growing concern as the war wages within the core of Armenia. The Jamestown Foundation noted that the parties who accepted the armistice with the neighbor country Azerbaijan at the end of the conflict, and the parties who will not accept the armistice at a clean divide in the Armenian parliament. As this continued political rages, Armenian prime minister Pashinyan is in the center of the crosshairs.
Despite his issues, Aliyev has signaled he prefers dealing with Pashinyan than counterparts
Racism in Armenia against Turkic people has been exposed. Because of his choice to take the Russian brokered cease-fire that stalled the heated second episode of the Karabakh conflict, Pashinyan has been labeled by his fellow Armenians “a Turk.” This was further solidified in the minds of Pashinyan’s opposition by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s signal that he and his government prefer dealing with Pashinyan over his counterparts. See The Jamestown Foundation for more on the subject.
Armenians the world over likewise look on in growing concern at the war within the national core of their ethnic identity. The Armenian Weekly reported on March 3, that, at the heart of the political dispute, is a debate over the conduct and use of weapons by Armenian forces during the Karabakh conflict. The core of the political turmoil is stirred by the use of the Russian-provided Iskander missile system, writes Armenian Weekly. Pashinyan had made statements alleging the use of Iskander missile systems that were said to be provided by the Russian government during the Karabakh conflict. Pashinyan stated that the Iskander’s did not detonate properly upon being fired.
Pashinyan had criticized and even dismissed from service Armenian leadership over the Iskander system including dismissing First Deputy Chief of the General Staff Tiran Khachatryan and criticizing former President Serge Sarkisian. Despite Pashinyan’s adamant stance, the Russian military denied providing the Iskander missile system. The Russian government-owned news agency Tass reported on February 25 that “Russia’s top brass” denied claims that the Iskander was used. Pashinyan’s spokesperson Mane Gevorgyan relayed to the press that Pashinyan “hadn’t been briefed correctly regarding (the Iskander missile) situation.” This was reported by Armenpress on March 1.
“As a result of combining the existing facts and data, the Armenian Prime Minister concluded that he hadn’t been briefed correctly regarding this situation. Moreover, the Prime Minister’s statement doesn’t have anything to do with the content and quality of the Armenian-Russian allied relations in the military and military-industrial cooperation sector,” said Gevorgyan, as quoted by Armen Press.
On February 23, ArmenPress had sat down for an interview with Pashinyan where Pashinyan discussed a statement made by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan. During the interview regarding Sargsyan’s address, Pashinyan alleged that the Iskander’s were “maybe weapons of the 80s” and that they “did not fire on the third or fourth day of the war”. He also alleged that the rockets did not detonate or only detonated “10 percent of the time.”
The rhetoric and miscommunication between Pashinyan and the armed services came to a boil when Pashinyan announced a new working group of lead reforms for the Armenian Armed Forces. The announced reforms were to be headed by Defense Minister Vagharshak Harutyunyan. Armenian Weekly reported that the Armed Forces saw this as an intervention into the defense forces’ inner works, and this led to the demands for Pashinyan’s resignation. The statement condemned First Deputy Chief of the General Staff Tiran Khachatryan’s dismissal.
The statement proceeded in its entirety as follows:
The General Headquarters of the RA Armed Forces expresses its decisive complaint against the dismissal of the 1st Deputy Headquarters of the Armenian Armed Forces, which was carried out without taking into account the national and state interests of the Republic of Armenia based solely on personal and ambitious feelings Such a decision is an anti-state and irresponsible step for the country in such difficult conditions.
The Prime Minister and the government will no longer be able to make adequate decisions for the Armenian people in this crisis and fate situation.
The Armenian armed forces have been patiently tolerating the ′′ attacks ′′ aimed at discriminating the armed forces by the current government for a long time, but everything has its borders.
The RA armed forces have honored their duty to fight the enemy with their people.
The ineffective management of the current authorities and the serious mistakes in foreign policy have brought the country to the edge of destruction.
Due to the current situation, the Armenian armed forces demand the resignation of the RA Prime Minister and the government, simultaneously warns to stay guarded against using force against the people whose children were killed, defending the homeland and Artsakh. The army has always been with the people, as the people are with the army.
The announcement has been signed.
Head of the General Staff of the RA Armed Forces, Colonel-General Onik Victori Gasparyan
First Deputy Head of the General Staff of the RA Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Tyran Vazgeni Khachatryan
Deputy Chief of General Staff of the RA Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Stepan Robert Galstyan
Deputy Chief of General Staff of the RA Armed Forces of the Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Karen Andranik Abrahamyan
Commander of the RA Army (Forces) united group, lieutenant general Tigran Janibeki Parvanyan
Head of the Chief Department of the RA GSH Staff Management, Major General Albert Razmik Baghdasaryan
Head of RA Armed Forces Communications Head, Major General Temur Norik Shahnazaryan
Head of the RA Armed Forces and Artillery State Department, Major General Armen Samson Harutyunyan
Head of RA Armed Forces Head-Department, Major General Armen Grisha Vardanyan
Head of the Head-Department of Engineering troops of the RA Armed Forces, Major General Ishkhan Jora Matevosyan
Head of the RA Armed Forces Head of the Backing Department, Major General Romik Poghosi Margaryan
RA Armed Forces helper, Major General Komitas Razmik Muradyan
Head of the RA Armed Forces Moral Insurance Department, Colonel Arthur Arisi Poghosyan
Head of the RA Armed Forces GSH administrative department, Colonel Suren Alyosha Harutyunyan
Head of the RA Armed Forces Aviation Department, Colonel Gagik Alibeki Aslanyan
Head of the military medical department of the RA Armed Forces, Colonel Sahak Robert Ohanyan
Head of RA Armed Forces RKP troops, Colonel Vardan Vaspuraki Nshanyan
Head of RA Armed Forces GSH REP Head-Department, Colonel Arthur Sergei Kumelov
Head of the RA Armed Forces GSH Financial Department, Colonel Vardan Manveli Sahakyan
Head of the RA Armed Forces Service, Colonel Ara Mikayeli Petrosyan
The first deputy head of the RA Armed Forces GSH Operational Department, Major General Stepan Grigory Gevorgyan
Head of the Operative Department of the RA Armed Forces of the Armed Forces, Major General Edward Edison Asryan
Head of Strategic Planning Department of the RA Armed Forces, Colonel Armen Aramayis Arstamyan
Deputy Head of the RA Armed Forces PG Department, Colonel Armen Yakov Seyranyan
Head of the military preparation department of RA Armed Forces, Major General Valerik Ashoti Kocharyan
Head of the Department of Physical Preparing and Sports of the RA Armed Forces, Colonel Aram Zhora Grigoryan
Deputy Head of the Department of the General Department of Staff Management of the RA Armed Forces, Colonel Hrach Ludvik Stepanyan
Head of the General Department of the RA Armed Forces GSH Staff Management, Colonel Gagik Benik Ghulyan
Deputy Head of the Head of the Information Analysis Department of the RA Armed Forces of the Chief of Investigation, Colonel Levon Misha Davidyan
Head of RA Armed Forces General Department of Intelligence and Military Intelligence, Colonel Artak Sashik Asatryan
Head of the Department of Intelligence of the RA Armed Forces, Colonel Arthur Albert Tevanyan
Head of the RA Armed Forces secretary regime, Colonel Rustam Ashoti Karapetyan
Head of RA Armed Forces Standardization and Measurement Service, Colonel George Ashoti Vardanyan
Head-General Military Conductor of the RA Armed Forces Army Service, Colonel Armen Karleni Poghosyan
Head of the RA Armed Forces GSH Military Writing Service, Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Hovsepi Petrosyan
Armenian Armed Forces 1st Army Corps Commander, Major General Jirayr Hamleti Poghosyan
Commander of the 2nd Army Corps of the RA Arayik Robert Harutyunyan
Commander of the 3rd Army Corps of the RA Armed Forces, Major General Grigory Yuri Khachaturov
Commander of the 4th Army Corps of the RA Armed Forces, Major General Artak Emily Budaghyan
Commander of the 5th Army Corps of the RA Armed Forces, Colonel Smbat Volodya Grigoryan
The Greek City Times op-ed stated that Pashinyan continued to maintain his “anti-Russian” position despite “Armenia’s abandonment from the west” on Wednesday. Because Pashinyan questioned the “capabilities of Russian-made weapons” he stands under intense scrutiny from his peers within Armenia, as the situation continues to unravel.