Armenia says Europe has blocked an assassination attempt on Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy

The National Security Service says the former officers were arrested for “illegally plotting to seize power.”

According to the country’s National Security Service (NSS), an assassination attempt on Armenian Prime Minister Nicole Pasinayon and the seizure of power by multiple former officials were prevented.

Poshinian has come under pressure in recent days, with thousands of protesters marching since Tuesday and demanding a ceasefire and a ceasefire, demanding that regional progress be secured for Azerbaijan after six weeks of intense fighting.

The NSS said in a statement on Saturday that its former chief Artur Vanetsian, former Republican parliamentary party chief Bahram Baghdasarayan and war volunteer Ashot Minasyan had been arrested.

The NSS further said, “The suspects were planning to seize power illegally by assassinating the Prime Minister and already potential candidates were being discussed to replace him,” the NSS added.

Pashinyan said earlier this week that he had no choice but to sign a Russia-broker agreement to prevent further regional damage. He said he was taking personal responsibility for the disaster, but rejected the call for resignation.

The ceasefire halted military action in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, an internationally recognized but residential enclave by ethnic Armenians as part of Azerbaijan.

On Saturday, Armenian villagers in Nagorno-Karabakh set fire to their homes before fleeing to Armenia ahead of a deadline to see parts of the territory handed over to Azerbaijan as part of a ceasefire agreement.

Under the agreement, 2,000 Russian peacekeepers are being deployed in the region.

In the early nineties, ethnic Armenians took considerable military control of Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding Azari region. They are now losing a lot of enclaves and surrounding areas.

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Armenia announced on Saturday that 2,331 army members had been killed in the clashes, forcing thousands to flee their homes. Azerbaijan did not disclose its military casualties.

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