YEREVAN, February 24 – RIA Novosti. Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, at the suggestion of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, fired First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Tiran Khachatrian, who, according to media reports, ridiculed the words of the head of government about the Iskander complexes, the Armenian leader's website reported.
Earlier, Pashinyan said in an interview with 1in.am about the “unexploded” or “exploded by 10%” missiles of the Iskander tactical complexes during the escalation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh last fall. This is how he reacted to the words of former President Serzh Sargsyan that the Armenian military could use Iskander at the very beginning of hostilities.
“Based on the proposal of the Prime Minister to release the first deputy chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia, Tiran Khachatrian, from his post,” the presidential decree reads, the text of which is posted on his website.
Earlier, the online resource yerevan.today reported that Khachatryan, in response to a question whether it is possible for the Iskander missile to explode by 10%, as the prime minister claims, laughed for a long time, after which he noted: “Of course, it is impossible … How? … Iskander? … One shot? … 10%? … Sorry, but this is not serious. ” As for a possible official investigation in this regard, then, according to the newspaper, the first deputy chief of the General Staff stressed that no investigation was being conducted, since there was no such unsuccessful shot.
Later, the Armenian Defense Ministry issued a statement, which says that the journalist did not fully present the content of the conversation and, in fact, distorted it, which gave the reader a wrong impression. According to the department, this can be regarded as an information provocation.
At the end of October 2020, during the escalation of the conflict in Karabakh, the Armenian president awarded Khachatryan the highest title of “National Hero of Armenia” “for his exceptional services in ensuring the protection and security of the homeland, selflessness and courage shown during the hostilities.”