RT’s Simonyan, Russian propagandist with Armenian roots, banned from entering Armenia

15 March, 11:59 AM
Margarita Simonyan (Photo:Margarita Simonyan / Twitter)

Margarita Simonyan (Photo:Margarita Simonyan / Twitter)

At least two Russian propagandists, including RT chief editor Margarita Simonyan, have been banned from entering Armenia, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told Russian propaganda news agency Sputnik Armenia on March 14.

The other banned propagandist is Life tabloid founder Aram Gabrelyanov.

“Armenia is a sovereign state and has the right to expect respect for itself,” said Pashinyan.

“Armenia has also the right to use its sovereign mechanisms in case of intentions against its interests.”

The Armenian prime minister said that the banned persons should respect Armenia and the government elected by its people.

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“Also, I want to draw your attention to one fact: if these people had committed even one percent of the actions against their countries that they committed against Armenia, they would not have been able to get into their own home. That’s the bottom line.”

Pashinyan also did not specify who else, apart from Simonyan and Gabrelyanov, was banned from entering Armenia, saying that the relevant structures are dealing with this issue.

Simonyan commented on her ban almost immediately, calling the Armenian Prime Minister a “bastard” and declaring that she, a “pure-blooded Armenian,” had no plans to travel to Armenia under the current prime minister.

“I have never said anything about any corridors, but I have said and will continue to say personally about Pashinyan that he is a bastard and a traitor to the Armenian people, that he sold and betrayed all the Armenian interests that he could betray and sell, and will sell and betray those that he could not yet, that he hates Russia and deceives (Russian dictator Vladimir) Putin, that he is a CIA mole without honor and conscience, like all CIA moles,” Simonyan wrote on her channel on the Telegram messenger.

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