Attempts to politicize tragedy in Gyumri unacceptable - Russian foreign ministry
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.21
Attempts to politicize the tragedy in Gyumri, Armenia, where the family was killed, are unacceptable, said Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, RIA Novosti news agency reported.
"We see attempts to politicize the situation," said the Russian minister at a press conference Jan.21. "They come from neither the Armenian government, nor the Russian leadership. There are many people who wish to use this tragedy to get some geopolitical advantages. This is unacceptable."
"We will do everything so that this crime wouldn't remain unpunished, so that the guilty party would suffer the most severe punishment, and we will do everything possible so that nothing like this would happen again," said Lavrov.
He said that the Russian-Armenian relations "will not be hurt" by the current situation.
Lavrov also expressed confidence that the trial of the accused would be as open as possible and an adequate verdict will be made.
"We confirm that the trial will be carried out on the territory of Armenia, it will be as open as possible, a joint one," he said. "I am sure that the court will quickly make an objective and adequate verdict, adequate to the terrible crime that was committed."
On Jan.12 a family of six persons was killed in Gyumri, where the Russian 102nd Military Base is stationed. The sole survivor - six-month old baby - was in intensive care, and on Jan. 19 the baby died.
A Russian conscript, Valery Permyakov is suspected of committing the crime, he was arrested and has already pleaded guilty. Chairman of the committee of inquiry Alexander Bastrykin arrived in Yerevan to coordinate the investigation against the Russian serviceman.
Translated by EA
Edited by CN