Sputnik is live from Yerevan, Armenia, where a rally against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is taking place. At the same time, a separate rally by Pashinyan's supporters is being held at Republic Square.
The political crisis in the country has intensified amid a standoff between Pashinyan and the military that erupted last week. The armed forces called for Pashinyan's resignation after he dismissed the deputy chief of staff. The latter had reportedly rejected the prime minister's comments on the alleged setbacks of the Russian Iskander systems in the Karabakh conflict. Pashinyan has treated the calls for his resignation as "a coup attempt" and urged his supporters to take to streets.
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