Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan claimed that the military attempted a coup against him on Thursday after the army General Staff demanded that he and his government resign. Pashinyan called on his supporters to rally in the Armenian capital of Yerevan. 

Armenia’s military suffered a disastrous loss in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The military had strongly criticized Pashinyan’s handling of the crisis and he had faced calls for his resignation in November after Azerbaijan had roundly defeated Armenia’s forces

Tensions reached a peak earlier this week when Pashinyan fired the Chief of the General Staff Onik Gasparyan and the Deputy Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Tiran Khachatryan after he mocked the prime minister’s claim that just 10 percent of Russian-supplied Iskander missiles, which Armenia had used in the conflict, exploded on impact. The Russians responded to this claim in a post from a military official in Russia Today (RT), titled, “A Bad Workman Blames His Tools.

Pashinyan said that the military’s attempts were “a military coup” and urged the Armenian military to only listen to his orders.