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With a help of "Oskanian's case" the USA is trying to neutralize Russia's influence in Armenia, and in particular, in the "Prosperous Armenia" party, the former adviser of the first president of Armenia, Ashot Manucharyan, said at today's press-conference.
"Armenia is at the most important position in the EurAsian corridor. And Moscow and Washington have been trying to gain over Yerevan using all possible means for that. In this case, Oskanian is a representative of a western mentality, whereas Prosperous Armenia Party represents a Russian force. However, at present Russia has been losing its positions, as the USA using the "Oskanian's case" is forcing members of the PAP to re-orient to the West", - he
Asked if Oskanian will run for president, Manucharyan replied that this question should be addressed to Russia's and US ambassadors to Armenia. He thinks that for US Ambassador to Armenia, John Heffern, there is no problem that can't be settled, including the problem of political persecution of Oskanian. For this reason, the USA does not want suspension of the given case.
To recall, US Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern had issued a statement on the case of Vartan Oskanian. "I have been asked for the US views on yesterday's announcement that Mr. Oskanian has been formally charged. This development, in my view, is bad for justice and democracy in Armenia. As I have said previously, the case appears to represent the selective application of Armenian law. Moreover, the timing of these events in relation to
the election schedule is troubling. We urge the Government of Armenia to live up to its commitments to the systematic, fair and transparent implementation of the rule of law," he said in a statement.