Armenian prime minister Nikol Pashinyan

Armenia dismisses heads of border forces and intelligence

The announcement follows recent territorial losses in Karabakh, where Azerbaijani army already controls the South half of the region.

The Armenian government announced on Monday the removal of the commander of the border forces, Vaginak Sarkissian, and the head of the counterintelligence services, Hovhannes Karumyan, in light of the advance of the Azerbaijani army in the so-called Artsakh Republic, a puppet state of Armenia founded on the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave and the territories seized from Azerbaijan during the bloody war of the 1990s.

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian ratified the removal of the head of the border army in a decree published through the presidential website; although the reasons were not disclosed, the dismissal would have occurred at the proposal of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who in recent days has recognised that Armenia is losing the war with Azerbaijan in Karabakh and asked for volunteers for the front, after claiming during the first few week that the retreat of the Armenian troops was a “strategic” movement.

According to other information, the head of the counterintelligence department of the National Security Service of Armenia, Major General Hovhannes Karumyan, was also dismissed only 3 weeks after the head of the Armenian secret services, Argishti Kyaramyan, was also dismissed in the middle of the retreat of the Armenian forces in Artsakh, where the Azerbaijani army controls practically the entire southern half of the region.

In the last hours, the opposition parties in Armenia have asked the Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan for a meeting of the National Security Council with their participation to address the situation in the Artsakh Republic, a State without international recognition and completely dependent on Yerevan, where in In recent weeks the Azerbaijani army has liberated hundreds of towns and three cities (Fuzuli, Jabrayil and Qubadli) from Armenian occupation.