Russia has never been an enemy of Armenia and never will be, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswomanMaria Zakharova told the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
"There is no need to look for enemies against Russia. Russia has never been and will never be an enemy of Armenia," Zakharova said.
"It is the Armenian leadership, not Russia, that recognizes Azerbaijan's rights over Nagorno-Karabakh. The people of Armenia themselves must decide how to deal with this," she added.
Zakharova also stated that it is "irresponsible" to blame Russia for the decisions taken in Yerevan and to put the responsibility on Russia.
The Russian spokesperson said that Moscow's harsh reaction to Yerevan's recent statements was due to the fact that these statements were based on fabrications or were an attempt to distort the facts.
Recently, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian stated that our security dependence on Russia was a strategic mistake. Immediately afterward, the Armenian Defence Ministry announced that Armenian and United States troops would hold a nine-day exercise later this month and Armenia's ambassador to Russia was summoned to the Foreign Ministry for this reason.
In a statement issued by Moscow, it was stated that Armenia should not become an instrument of the West. Russian President Vladimir Putin also stated that there was no point in discussing the status of Karabakh.
"The Armenian leadership recognized Azerbaijan's sovereignty over Karabakh with the document signed in Prague," Putin said.