ArmInfo. Having made statements about the ownership of Artsakh in Stepanakert, the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan in a certain sense followed the example of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. A similar opinion was expressed by ArmInfo, expert of the Armenian Institute of International Relations and Security Armen Vardanyan.
At a rally held on Renaissance Square in Stepanakert on August 5, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan described Artsakh as an integral part of Armenia. "Artsakh is Armenia and the point," the prime minister quoted the words of the Armenian statesman and military leader Leonid Azgaldyan. "Pashinyan's statement, of course, was aimed at an internal audience. Aliyev's repeated calls to seize and return Zangezur and Yerevan should be evaluated in a similar way. I am convinced that the Azerbaijani president takes a completely different position at the talks," the expert said.
According to Vardanyan, the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group are well aware of all these nuances, which explains the lack of their reaction to the Armenian Prime Minister's Stepanakert speech. The expert is convinced that if the mediators still have questions, Pashinyan will immediately refer to internal reasons, drawing parallels with Aliyev's behavior. In this light, the expert is convinced that as a result of Pashinyan's statements, the negotiating positions of Yerevan will not be affected.
Earlier, MP Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan, political scientist Rasim Musabekov described ArmInfo Pashinyan's speech as "the actual invitation of Azerbaijan to recognize the accession of Karabakh with the" corridor "to Armenia in exchange for other territories." According to Musabekov, Baku intends to demand the reaction of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group to the speech of the Armenian prime minister. According to him, the co-chairs should be asked about the feasibility of further negotiations in view of Armenia's similar position.