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“Putin is not welcome.” Armenian demonstrators protest against the visit of the President of Russia, who is participating in the summit in the country

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Armenia is a country that maintains friendly diplomatic relations with Russia, but this did not stop thousands of demonstrators from taking to the streets to protest against the official visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian head of state Alexander Lukashenko. This Wednesday in Yerevan, both of them will take part in the summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO, English abbreviation).

The first protests against Vladimir Putin’s presence took place on Tuesday evening, the day Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Armenia. The demonstration, which engulfed several streets in the center of the capital, was accompanied by chants of “Glory to Ukraine.” [Glória à Ucrânia]and “Putin is not welcome.” There were also several Ukrainian, American and European flags in the middle.

Tuesday night’s demonstration was organized by several political parties and was called for two reasons: the first has to do with solidarity with the Ukrainian cause, the second has to do with Russia and Belarus withdrawing military support for Armenia, which is still in conflict. with neighboring Azerbaijan, over the sovereignty of the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.

This Wednesday, the protests were repeated, one of them in the Republic Square. The protesters again took to the streets with the flags of Ukraine and the United States, ask for rapprochement with the West. “Either we join the family of civilized peoples and be saved, or we remain connected to the sinking Russian empire and we will sink with it,” said Garegin Chugazsyan, a university professor who participated in the demonstrations, quoted by Radio Free Europe.

Elsewhere in the Armenian capital, this time on Freedom Square, several people gathered to protest the presence of Vladimir Putin in the country, with raised flags of Ukraine. In one of the videos posted on social networks, you can see a dozen demonstrators with paper in hand – each of them wrote the name of the Ukrainian city destroyed by Russian troops, for example, Bucha, Irpen or Mariupol.

The protesters are also calling on Armenia to withdraw from the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which also includes Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The heads of state of the six countries are meeting in Yerevan and will discuss, among other things, the situation in Ukraine and the military support of the Armenian authorities.

Source: Observador

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