Earlier, the photos emerged on social media showing the people wearing military uniforms and joining the protests in the Armenian capital of Yerevan. This comes in the wake of reports that several groups of protesters marched along the streets of Yerevan on Monday.
The Armenian Defence Ministry vowed to take harsh legal measures against the soldiers, who are taking part in the resumed protests in the country against the rule of Armenian ex-President and newly appointed Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan.
Meanwhile, on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow considers domestic political events in Armenia to be its internal affair.
The rallies in Armenia have been ongoing for 10 days so far. The people have been protesting in the wake of the ex-president’s appointment as the prime minister. After that, the opposition activists announced the start of the “velvet revolution” in the country.
Sargsyan and opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan tried to negotiate amid protests on Sunday, though they failed to reach a deal. Later in the day, police detained Pashinyan. Opposition lawmakers Ararat Mirzoyan and Sasun Mikaelyan were also detained after Pashinyan’s arrest.
Sargsyan, who served as Armenian president from 2008 until recently, stepped down when his term ended. His subsequent nomination for premiership has largely been viewed as an attempt to stay in power as the newly amended constitution transferred some of the presidential powers to the head of the government.