ArmInfo. The security of Armenia and Artsakh is based today - it was based yesterday, but today it is even more based - on the Armenian-Russian military-political alliance and partnership.
This was stated by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on April 18 during the visit of the communities of Rind, Zaritap, Khndzorut and Getap of Vayots Dzor region. The Prime Minister met with local residents, touched upon the current situation in the country, the circumstances of the Artsakh war, the prospects for economic development and upcoming programs.
The right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination is preserved at the international level, and this was achieved at the cost of heroism and the lives of our guys, the head of the Cabinet of Ministers noted. So, according to Pashinyan, " it is very important to answer the question of why our guys died." "There is a very clear answer to this question: so that the Republic of Artsakh can stand. And we must state that, yes, Artsakh is still standing, even though it is wounded. And we must state that the goal of Azerbaijan and Turkey was the complete destruction of Artsakh as a subject. And it was thanks to our guys, our soldiers, our army that we were able, yes, with difficulty, but to survive in the 44-day war. Yes, Artsakh is wounded, we are all wounded, but Artsakh is standing, the Republic of Armenia is standing, " he said.
Pashinyan recalled that the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group issued a statement a few days ago, in which they stressed the need to resolve the Nagorno - Karabakh conflict, thereby emphasizing the unresolved issue. "Why is it important? This is important because Azerbaijan tried to imagine that the Karabakh issue is now resolved, that there is no Karabakh issue. However, the Co-Chairs stressed that the issue should be resolved on the basis of the principles of the elements known to the parties. Let me remind you that the most important of these elements is the right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination. And we can state that the right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination is preserved at the international level, and this was achieved at the cost of heroism and the lives of our guys," he said.
The security of Armenia and Artsakh, according to the Prime Minister, " is based today - it was based yesterday, but today it is even more based - on the Armenian-Russian military-political alliance and partnership." "And I want to emphasize that one of the most important components of our security system is the joint Armenian-Russian military group, which logically means that an attack on Armenia means an attack on Russia," Pashinyan said.
According to the Prime Minister, the deployment of the peacekeeping contingent in Artsakh adds significant security guarantees for Artsakh. However, I want to note one more fact. "For example, in the context of the 44-day Karabakh war, there is a lot of talk about what Russia's role was, or why this role was not what some in Armenia thought. And how do we assess the Armenian-Russian friendship and strategic partnership in this context?" asked Pashinyan.
Of course, the Armenian-Russian friendship and partnership, according to the Prime Minister, are strong, as they always were, and will continue to be strong. "Russia is our ally. Russia is our fraternal state, but I want to state once again that Russia is not an enemy of Azerbaijan, and Azerbaijan is not an enemy of Russia. Russia has fulfilled all its contractual obligations to Armenia, because the security mechanism that we had extended to the Republic of Armenia, inside the borders of the Republic of Armenia.
And the borders of the Republic of Armenia are described in the law of the Republic of Armenia on administrative-territorial division adopted in 2010. I want you to pay attention to this nuance: in 2010, the Republic of Armenia adopted a law on administrative-territorial division, which emphasizes that Azerbaijan is located in the east of the Shurnukh community of the Syunik region. Not the Republic of Artsakh, but Azerbaijan. It states that Azerbaijan is located in the east of Kapan. Not the Republic of Artsakh, but Azerbaijan.
I will not touch on the details of the war today, because the day before I raised this topic in Parliament in my voluminous speech and in the course of questions and answers. But I want to emphasize: yes, my assessment is that a 44-day war was inevitable, because in 2018, Armenia actually reached its red line in terms of concessions on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue. There was no other choice but to try to stand up, to defend their rights, to defend the interests of the Armenian people and the people of Artsakh.
However, I will say more, even if we tried to reach a peaceful settlement at the cost of these concessions, there would be war again. Why? Because the differences between the mediation circles and in the region have deepened so much that there would be no solution-even if Armenia agreed to a solution that was not in its interests - there would be no solution that other players would agree to. And, consequently, in the context of these contradictions, war rwould inevitably arise.
But now the main question is how to overcome this defeat, how to overcome this blow. The answer is one: work, creative work, " Nikol Pashinyan stressed.