ARMENIANS PROTEST DURING PUTIN VISIT TO YEREVAN

New Tang Dynasty Television
Dec 3 2013

Some 500 Armenians march through the capital Yerevan to protest plans
to join a Moscow-led customs union during Russian President Vladimir
Putin's visit to Armenia. (Karen Minasyan/AFP/Getty Images)

2013-12-02 08:10 PM

Armenian anti-Putin demonstrators rally in Yerevan, on December 2,
2013, to protest against the visit of Russia's president. (KAREN
MINASYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia's President Vladimir Putin descends from his plane in Gyumri
airport, on December 2, 2013. (ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Armenian anti-Putin demonstrators rally in Yerevan, on December 2,
2013, to protest against the visit of Russia's president. (KAREN
MINASYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

About 500 people marched through the capital of Armenia on Monday
(December 2) to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin as he visited
the country, and protested against plans to join a Moscow-led customs
union, witnesses said.

Some of the crowd in central Yerevan held banners declaring "Putin,
go home!" or "No to the USSR!", a reference to Putin's efforts to
bind former Soviet republics together more closely in economic and
security alliances.

Putin flew to the southern Caucasus country for talks on its decision
in September to join the customs union with Russia, Belarus and
Kazakhstan but began his visit in another city.

The rally followed much larger protests in Ukraine, which suspended
plans to sign a trade deals with the European Union last week and
rebuild economic ties with Russia instead.

Kremlin critics in the West accuse Putin of putting pressure on
Ukraine, Armenia and other former Soviet republics to back away from
agreements that would increase their integration with the EU.

Police blocked a central street as the demonstrators headed closer
to the headquarters of President Serzh Sarksyan's administration,
and protesters handed over a letter urging the government to renounce
its decision to join the customs union.

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