The reasons for Sargsyan's resignation are objective

Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan’s resignation against the backdrop of large-scale protests in Yerevan is unlikely to lead to any dramatic changes in Russia-Armenia relations, RISS expert Konstantin TASITS said. “The volume, depth and level of allied strategic interaction between Armenia and Russia speak for themselves. We have great ways of interacting in the economic and military-political sphere. A radical revision of these relations may threaten the very existence of the Armenian statehood,” he added.

The analyst stressed out that such an active life is normal for the Armenian political culture. “There were large-scale protests after the presidential elections in 2008 and 2013 in Armenia. The recent increase in electricity tariffs also provoked a strong reaction from the Armenian society.”

In expert’s opinion, the situation is under control now. Large-scale protests haven’t escalated into violent clashes with the police. Armenian authorities made concessions to protesters and fulfilled their requirements. Serzh Sargsyan announced his resignation. Armenian First Deputy Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan became acting prime minister.

RISS expert also noted that “it is important for the Armenian society to realize that the problems that caused Sargsyan's resignation are objective and will not disappear after the change of leadership.”

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