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 Wednesday, August 14 2019 16:40
David Stepanyan

Expert: Nikol Pashinyan followed the example of Ilham Aliyev

Expert: Nikol Pashinyan followed the example of Ilham Aliyev

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. 

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