ArmInfo. In fact, what happened in Artsakh last autumn was largely due to the fact that Armenia could not avoid the promises of President Serzh Sargsyan. A similar opinion was expressed to ArmInfo by the chairman of the Public Council of Armenia, director of the Armenian Institute of International Relations and Security Stepan Safaryan.
"Based on the words of Ilham Aliyev, it becomes clear that Sargsyan promised Baku nothing less than a schedule for the surrender of Artsakh's territories, naturally, without any clarification of the future status of Artsakh. But when Pashinyan came to power, he apparently at least tried to change the course and logic of the negotiation process, returning Artsakh there, and restoring a comprehensive settlement option, which included the issue of status, " he stressed.
According to the analyst, what came out of all these proposals and Pashinyan's intentions is a topic for a completely different discussion. Which in no way negates the accuracy of his statements about trying to negotiate from his own point. And according to Safaryan, it is also correct to note that even after the revolutionary change of power in Armenia, the new government immediately faced a document prepared under Serzh Sargsyan and with the consent of Serzh Sargsyan.
In this light, Safaryan considers the statements made a couple of days ago by Pashinyan, according to which the situation was slipping into war as a result of serious processes starting from the fall of 2015, as corresponding to the realities. To recall, the Prime Minister, in particular, noted the fact of changes in the content of the negotiation process in the fall of 2015 and in the winter of 2016. "Based on the information I have, I can say that, claiming that there were processes preceding the April 2016 war, Prime Minister Pashinyan is absolutely right. Moreover, one of these processes-catalysts in April 2016 was the public accusation of Armenia made in the fall of 2015 and Serzh Sargsyan by Ilham Aliyev in non-fulfillment of the agreements reached. And the step confirming Pashinyan's correctness about what and when Serzh Sargsyan agreed should be the publication of the relevant documents by him, " Safaryan summed up.