ArmInfo.The EU has its geopolitical agenda, Foreign Minister of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) David Babayan stated at the presentation of the book entitled "Karabakh conflict and foreign policy of Republic of Artsakh" as he commented on today's statement by Toivo Klaar, EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, who welcomed Azerbaijani President lham Aliyev's statement at the Global Baku Forum.
"We should not take offence at anyone. We should admit the facts. Let them say their own things, and we are going to say our own. We must adhere to our principles and wee can speak of that. Thee point is that we must adhere to our principles. As soon as we show faint-heartedness, make a mistake, it will be the end," Mr Babayan said.
"I think the ties some democratic states have with Azerbaijan clearly show a global moral and psychological crisis. And the argument that democracies do not war against each other and that democracy cannot be 'placed at the disposal' of authoritarian states - but we can see an entirely different picture. so we should bee realists and remain vigilant, s much depends on a small state," Mr Babayan.
In this context, he recalled the statement by President of the European Council Charles Michel. And the harsh response by Artsakh made Toivo Klaar issue a statement, claiming that Mr Michel's statement was misinterpreted.
"Much depends on us. Of importance is our own conduct and policy. We should not underestimate our potential much less lose heart," he said.
As to a possibility of his book being translated into English and put on Charles Michel's table, Mr Babayan said that both the President of the European Council and others must on regular occasions hear messages from Artsakh before the book is translated.
"And you must know that Charles Michel's statements are not a law for us, as it is struggle for existence. We are not insulting him, we have not such a right. But we are saying to him in a civilized manner: well and good, it is your opinion, but we do not share it. If anyone thinks we have no alternative, such people are profoundly mistaken. There is always an alternative as geopolitics itself offers such alternatives. And vacuum is never formed in important regions," Mr Babayan.
In a statement by the head of the European Council following a meeting with the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan on June 22, on the issue of transport communications, it is noted that the leaders agreed on the need to start unblocking transport communications. "They agreed on the principles governing transit between western Azerbaijan and Nakhijevan and between different parts of Armenia through Azerbaijan, as well as international transport through the communication infrastructure of both countries. In particular, they agreed on the principles of border management, security, land fees, as well as customs rules in the context of international transportation. In the coming days, the vice-premiers will continue this work," Michel said. At the same time, Charles Michel's statement does not say a word about the status and future of Nagorno- Karabakh. Moreover, in his statement, the head of the European Council, instead of the generally recognized term Nagorno-Karabakh, used the Azerbaijani term "Karabakh" and the wording "Armenian ethnic population of Karabakh." In addition, his statement does not mention any trilateral agreements at the level of the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, or other generally accepted principles of settlement.