Putin and Pashinyan discuss political crisis in Armenia

Putin and Pashinyan discuss political crisis in Armenia

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the political crisis in Armenia with the country's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Thursday, the Kremlin said.

Putin urged Armenia to maintain order and peace in the country, and resolve the situation under the law, it said in a statement.

He also called on the opposing sides to exercise restraint, it added.

Earlier today, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia follows the recent developments in Armenia with "concern," but considers the military's demand for the prime minister's resignation "Armenia's internal affair."

In a separate statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a phone talk with his Armenian counterpart Ara Ayvazyan.

"The Russian side stressed that it considers the situation as an internal matter of Armenia, and hopes for its peaceful settlement," the statement said.

The Armenian military on Thursday called for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. Onik Gasparyan, the chief of General Staff of the Armenian army, along with other senior commanders released a statement calling for Pashinyan to step down.

Pashinyan blasted the military's call as a coup attempt, and urged his supporters to take to the streets to resist. He later announced the dismissal of the chief of General Staff on Facebook.