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Russia hopes all political forces in Armenia will show readiness for dialogue

April 25, 17:20 UTC+3 MOSCOW

On Monday, Serzh Sargsyan who was elected as the prime minister by the parliament on April 17, resigned amid mass protests across the country

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MOSCOW, April 25. /TASS/. Moscow expects that all political forces in Armenia will show responsibility and readiness for a constructive dialogue, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

"We continue carefully monitoring the development of domestic political situation in Armenia, with which we have historic traditions of friendship, large-scale diversified cooperation and relations of allied cooperation," the ministry said.

"We hope that the situation will develop absolutely in a legal and constitutional way, and all political forces will show responsibility and readiness for a constructive dialogue. We are convinced that the soonest return of life in the country to normal and the restoration of public accord meet vital interests of our brotherly nation Armenia," the ministry stressed.

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian announced earlier on Wednesday that he was beginning consultations with political parties to search for solutions to end the crisis in the country.

On Monday, Serzh Sargsyan, formerly the president who was elected as the prime minister by the parliament on April 17, resigned amid mass protests that started across the country on April 13. The protests are led by opposition leader from the Elk bloc Nikol Pashinyan.

On Wednesday, Pashinyan and Acting Prime Minister Karen Karpetyan were scheduled to hold talks, but the meeting was canceled.

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