Leontiev apologized to Pashinyan for comments he made about the situation in Armenia

YEREVAN/MOSCOW, may 13 – RIA Novosti. Journalist Mikhail Leontiev, who is the press Secretary of “Rosneft”, apologized to the head of the Armenian government to Nikol Pashinian for his statements about the situation in the Republic.

During the discussion on the air of radio “Komsomolskaya Pravda” on may 3, Leontiev, among other things, stated that the people of Armenia exists “because of and only” the support of Russia and without it “there would be no Armenia”.

On receipt of the letter of apology, reported the press service of the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinian. According to the report, Leont’ev stressed that inappropriate emotional comment came only out of concern for the fate of Armenia, which he considers a close historical ally of Russia. He assured that his comment had nothing to do with position of “Rosneft” and expressed the hope that his inconsiderate behavior will not affect the positive cooperation between Rosneft and Armenia, said the press service.

“Yes, I sent a letter of apology, but also because what happened was a misunderstanding, I, on behalf of “Rosneft” no announcement has been made. The company has nothing to do with it. This is my personal opinion and this is a personal apology… I sent a letter of apology because I admit that some statements were not quite correct and extremely sharp, and that no differences or that the process does not justify rudeness and sharpness”, — said Leontiev RIA Novosti.

About 20 representatives of the Armenian Diaspora on the evening of may 10, gathered by the editorial office of “Komsomolskaya Pravda” to demand an apology from radio host Leontiev and Mikhail Yuriev, but are unable to articulate what offended them in the program “Glaucoma”, the audience passed a note to the chief editor of the newspaper and dispersed.

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin considers it necessary to draw attention to the statements of journalist Mikhail Leontiev against Armenia, and his position has nothing to do with the official line of Moscow. Also on the website of “Rosneft” reported that private statements of the journalist Mikhail Leontiev, who is the press Secretary of “Rosneft” have nothing in common with the company’s position regarding cooperation with Armenia.

In Armenia on April 13 passed protest actions of the opposition, speaking against the election of ex-President Serzh Sargsyan as Prime Minister. Earlier in Armenia entered into force amendments to the Constitution, according to which the widest powers will have a Prime Minister. Amid protests Sargsyan issued on April 23, less than a week after the election of the Prime Minister, resigned, and on may 8 with Parliament on this post was approved by the opposition leader Nikol Pashinian.

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