Armenian FM denies US sanctioned businessman Ruben Tatulian's status of adviser to Minister

Armenian FM denies US sanctioned businessman Ruben Tatulian's status of adviser to Minister
Ruben Tatulian, Robson Photo: Hetq.am

A spokesman for the agency said that Ruben Tatulian was a part-time adviser to the Minister, but now he no longer has this status.

Spokesman for the Armenian Foreign Ministry Tigran Balayan denied the statement of Russian businessman Ruben Tatulian, also known as Robson, about his status of an advisor to the Head of the department, Radio Azatutyun reports. According to Balayan, Tatulian was a part-time adviser to the Minister, but now he no longer has this status. However, he did not answer questions about when the businessman became the adviser to the Minister and whether it was the reason for issuing him a diplomatic passport of Armenia.

in December of the last year, Tatulian was included in the US sanctions list for financial and legal assistance to thieves in law (criminals of the former Soviet Union countries), said he is was adviser to the Armenian Foreign Minister in an interview with Sochi blogger Alexander Valov. He spoke of his status in response to a question why he drives cars with diplomatic plates. The businessman also stated that he had a diplomatic passport of Armenia.

Earlier, the Foreign Ministry said that the diplomatic passport was issued to Tatulian "in accordance with the procedure established by law". However, the department did not specify when and for what merits the document was issued.

In the interview, Tatulian also states that he is a citizen of Russia and Armenia, but does not have diplomatic immunity. However, he does not enter the voters’ list of Armenia, which includes all citizens of the country who have the right to vote, IA REGNUM reports.

At the end of December 2017, Ruben Tatulian entered the US sanctions list as a person involved in international crimes. Together with him there are thieves in law Shakro Molodoy, Vasya Voskres, Pichuga, Tyurik and others. American citizens are forbidden to do business with them, and their assets in the US are frozen. In response to a question about sanctions in an interview with Valov Tatulian says that the US Treasury Secretary is "a moron" and he "would not even want this country to be on the map." He also adds that he does not run business in the US.

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