Putin talks with Armenia PM Pashinyan after tensions: Kremlin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Wednesday, the Kremlin said, after Yerevan had for months distanced itself from Russia.

Yerevan, traditionally allied to Russia, has for months criticised its ties to Moscow, angry that Russian peacekeeping forces did not intervene during an Azerbaijani offensive to retake Nagorno-Karabakh last year.

“On our bilateral relations, they are┬ádeveloping quite successfully,” Putin told Pashinyan, who visited Moscow as part of the Eurasian Economic Union summit, in a video published by the Kremlin.

The talks were held five months after Armenia joined the International Criminal Court (ICC), obliging it to arrest Putin should he set foot on Armenian territory.

Putin said that “we always, first and foremost, pay attention to economic cooperation” and did not mention the tensions.

Pashinyan had for months made increasingly critical comments on Armenia’s ties to Russia and was in Moscow for the first time since the tension.

Moscow had accused the small mountainous country of trying to rupture a decades-long partnership.

Armenia had boycotted a summit by a Moscow-led security alliance at the end of 2023 over what Pashinyan described as the bloc’s failure to fulfil its security obligations.

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