Russia is slightly trolling Armenian Prime Pinister Nikol Pashinyan ahead of his upcoming meeting with President Vladimir Putin, according to a Prague-based Russian commentator on Caucasus issues.
“Those authorities with which Moscow used to work for so many decades have now changed in Armenai, with the new government trying to introduce its own principles. Moscow has to remain in the realm of its traditional genre, loyal to its own style and continuing, among other things, assistance to its former partners,” Vadim Dubnov (RFE/RL) told the paper on Wednesday.
What his remark suggests is the existing certain level of solidarity with the former team, said the analyst, considering the somewhat unwelcome attitude to Pashinyan (among the Moscow officials) absolutely logical in that context. “Hence, trolling remains at least the only genre in which this topic can be actually circulated,” he noted.
Dubnov also expressed a firm belief that the recently launched criminal case against Armenia’s second president, Robert Kocharyan, will dominate the Pashinyan-Putin agenda at the September 8 meeting. “I now expect consultations with Moscow. Perhaps, there are also certain red lines for the Moscow authorities in the context of the [criminal] probe into the March 1 case and also certain delicate issues which have to be circumvented. Therefore, I believe Moscow will call for Armenia's restraint when it comes to certain episodes,” Dubnov added.