May 22, 2023 - 15:17 AMT
What you say is very dangerous, Karabakh ex-State Minister tells Pashinyan

Former Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh) State Minister, Russian-Armenian billionaire Ruben Vardanyan has said addressed Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, noting that he cannot remain silent when “human values are being violated and all sanctities destroyed”.

"I don't know how long you will remain the leader, Mr. Pashinyan, but what you say is very dangerous. You are trying to put us in the position of slaves and turn us into a worthless people, but you will not succeed," said Vardanyan in a video message from Hakobavank.

“When we allow ourselves to say that we had thousands of defectors, without facts, when we say that Armenian women are not happy, we consider it normal to spit in a someone’s face, we allow an anti-church campaign to begin, when we can say that we have nothing to do with Artsakh, shake a finger from the podium of the National Assembly and say: who are you to say anything to us? When you can understand that there will be thousands of victims, but the war will not be stopped, and this becomes the standard. We are betraying the motherland, our roots, values. That is the biggest danger.”

Earlier, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's wife, Anna Hakobyan, declared that there were 11,000 deserters during the 44-day war. The NSS did not confirm that number.