The Kremlin dismissed Armenia’s allegations of “coercion” to join the union state of Russia and Belarus, calling them “provocative.”
“Such statements can be considered provocative. They do not correspond to reality. None of the Russian officials said this and did not bring it to the attention of the Armenian side through anyone,” Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, told News.am Armenian news agency.
On December 26, Armenian Security Council Secretary Armen Grigoryan said that Yerevan was being “forced” to join the union state of Russia and Belarus, a supranational structure of Russia and Belarus created to deepen integration in the economy. , and that Moscow is putting pressure on Armenia in the dispute over the Lachin corridor.
Armenia hosts a large Russian military base near the western city of Gyumri, close to the border with Turkey.