On April 9, 2018, the presidential term of Serzh Sargsyan ended. On April 17, he was appointed the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia. This led to mass protests in the country. The military joined the protests, and as a result, on April 23, Serzh Sargsyan resigned. The oppositionists were released from custody.
The consequent Azeri-Turkish-Iranian joint coordination in defending against the appearance of a suddenly pro-Western Armenian state in between them would be manipulated by the unipolar media into a new ‘Clash of Civilizations’, playing off of the fact that these three states are Muslims while the two Western-aligned ones are Christian.