LONDON (Reuters) – The chief of Russia’s overseas spy service met Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan this week, simply three days after CIA Director William Burns visited Yerevan for talks, the Armenian authorities stated.
Sergei Naryshkin, the director of Russia’s International Intelligence Service (SVR), met Pashinyan on July 18 in the identical room the place Pashinyan obtained Burns on July 15, in line with footage of the 2 conferences launched by the Armenian authorities.
Armenian statements on the 2 conferences have been related: they mentioned bilateral relations and likewise questions of worldwide and regional safety, together with within the South Caucasus, the Armenian authorities stated.
Russia’s Sputnik state information company quoted Naryshkin as saying: “My go to to Yerevan is unquestionably not related with the arrival of my American colleague. However I don’t exclude that his go to is quite the opposite related with mine.”
Armenia is a Russian ally and Moscow has peacekeeping troops in Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian-controlled area of Azerbaijan, the place Armenian forces have been pushed again in a disastrous conflict towards Azerbaijan in 2020. In current months, Armenia has held talks aimed toward normalising relations with its NATO-member neighbour Turkey.
(Reporting by Man Faulconbridge; Modifying by Peter Graff)
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