YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — Hundreds of Armenians have demonstrated in Yerevan on April 13 against Russian weapon sales to Azerbaijan, claiming the sales led to the outbreak of fighting on April 2 in and around Azerbaijan’s breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabagh.
The protesters, mostly young activists, marched to the Russian Embassy in Yerevan chanting “Shame!” and “Free, independent Armenia!”
Some threw eggs at the embassy, sparking scuffles with riot police.
A petition read out by a protest organizer demanded an immediate end to all deliveries of Russian weapons to Azerbaijan.
The petition also called for Moscow to “fulfill the obligations” stemming from its military alliance with Armenia.
Russia has sold tanks, combat helicopters, artillery, and other offensive weapons valued at a total of $4 billion to Azerbaijan under contracts signed from 2009 to 2011.