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Russia expresses concern over political tensions in Armenia

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The Kremlin said on Thursday it was concerned by growing political tensions in Armenia after the army demanded Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan resign in a move Pashinyan said looked like an attempted coup.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called on both sides to resolve their differences peacefully and within the framework of the constitution.

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Armenia, where Moscow has a military base, is a close Russian ally.

Pashinyan has faced protests and calls to quit over what his opponents say was his mishandling of a six-week conflict last year between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

People attend an opposition rally to demand the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. (File photo: Reuters)
People attend an opposition rally to demand the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. (File photo: Reuters)

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