YEREVAN, 10 March – RIA Novosti. Armenian President Armen Sarkissian invited Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, the leaders of the parliamentary forces and the opposition Movement to Save the Motherland, uniting political forces demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister, to a meeting on March 13, Sargsyan's press service reported.
“Guided by national and national interests, in order to discuss the current situation, search for mutually acceptable solutions to overcome the crisis, I invite the Prime Minister of the Republic, leaders of parliamentary factions, the Motherland Salvation Movement to a meeting at the presidential residence on March 13 at 12.00 (11.00 Moscow time), the president said in a statement posted on his website.
Sargsyan expressed hope that he would receive a response to the proposal by 5 pm Moscow time on March 11.
According to him, the political crisis in the country continues, the situation remains tense, which can lead to unpredictable, irreversible consequences for the state.
“There are many problems, their solution requires urgent systemic changes, including constitutional and legislative ones. Both the government and parliamentary and extra-parliamentary political forces have repeatedly expressed their position. However, there is no mutual understanding and desire to meet with each other. Moreover, calls for intolerance have become more frequent. “, – says Sargsyan.
According to him, in the current situation, the only goal was and remains to protect the country from shocks and unpredictable consequences. “In the interests of the state and the people, the resolution of the situation has become an urgent requirement,” the president emphasizes.
Another political crisis flared up in Yerevan after Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's careless words about the Russian Iskander missile systems. According to media reports, the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of Armenia Tiran Khachatryan ridiculed the Prime Minister, for which he was dismissed, and the Chief of the General Staff, Onik Gasparyan, was also offered to resign after him. The Armenian Armed Forces issued a statement demanding the resignation of Pashinyan himself. The prime minister regarded this as an attempted coup and called on his supporters to take to the streets. Meanwhile, the opposition has erected barricades and set up a campground near the parliament, they are not in the mood for negotiations with the authorities and are demanding the resignation of the prime minister.