Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan explained the ban on entering the country for some Russian citizens, his words son Sputnik Armenia. Previously, State Duma deputy Konstantin Zatulin, RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan and Zhizn newspaper founder Aram Gabrelyanov were unable to enter the republic.
Pashinyan said these people should respect Armenia and the government elected by its people.
“I also want to draw your attention to a fact – if these people committed at least one percent of the actions against their country that they committed against Armenia, they could not even enter their own house. And that says it all,” the prime minister said.
He stressed that Armenia is a sovereign state which has the right to expect a respectful attitude towards itself, and can also apply “sovereign mechanisms” in response to “attacks on its interests”. Pashinyan did not specify who else was banned from entering Armenia, explaining that the relevant structures are dealing with this issue.
October 2022 Zatulin And Simonian declared that they were forbidden to enter Armenia. Early March, Sputnik Armenia informed citing a source that Aram Gabrelyanov has been declared persona non grata in the republic. All three have previously criticized Pashinyan.
In particular, Armenian media reported that the authorities of the republic banned Zatulin from entering the country due to the fact that the deputy “repeatedly blamed the Armenian authorities for defeat during the 44-day war” in Nagorno-Karabakh. In the publications of local publications about Gabrelyanov it was reported that the journalist published information about the activities of Pashinyan, his wife and his entourage on his Telegram channel.
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