Within days after the outbreak of the war with Russia, Armenian deputies in the Ottoman Parliament vociferously, and to the loud acclaim of their fellow Muslim colleagues, inveighed against Russia. In the 25 April 1877 session, for example, the Armenian deputy from Aleppo, Manouk Kharadjian (Karaca), was in the forefront of those repudiating Russian claims that they, the Russians, were coming as the protectors of the Christians. He categorically declared that the Armenians did not need Russian protection, as they were content with their lot. He added that the Armenians of his disctrict were ready to make any sacrifice in defense of their Ottoman fatherland.  Istanbul's Armenian deputy, Sebuh Maksudian, subscribed to the view expressed by his Armenian colleague and proposed that the government come up with a project to maximize the ability of the Chirstians to serve the state. Edirne's Armenian deputy, Roupen, reiterated the point that the Armenians he represented could never accept Russian protection and were ready to make every sacrifice to repel the aggression of Russia.  In his speech, Erzurum's Armenian deputy, Hamazasb Ballarian, endorsed the views of his Armenian colleagues, adding: "Ever since they lost their independence, the Armenians for five hundred years have been able to preserve their religion, language and nationhood under Ottoman rule." He was seconded in his view by Daniel Karadjian, the other Armenian deputy from Erzurum, adding that "Armenian and Muslim brothers are armed together and that in order to serve as an example to my compatriots, I too enlisted as a simple soldier." 
27. Kutay, Türkiye [n.15], vol. 10, pp.6502-3.
28. Nourikhan, Zhamanagagitz [n.11], pp. 372-3.
29. Kutay, Türkiye [n. 15], vol. 10, pp. 6512, 6524-5; Varantian, Haigagan [n. 22], p. 134-6.