ArmInfo. From September 16-18, Konstantin Zatulin, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, was in the Republic of Armenia.
According to the press service of Zatulin, the latter got acquainted with the situation that arose as a result of the outbreak of hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenia at the beginning of last week and, in particular, visited the outskirts of the resort town of Jermuk, which were shelled by the Azerbaijani side during its advance deep into the territory of the Republic of Armenia.
Konstantin Zatulin met with former presidents of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Arkady Ghukasyan and Bako Sahakyan. Konstantin Zatulin met with leader of the "Armenia" bloc, former president of Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Robert Kocharyan, during which the internal and external agenda, the development of Russian-Armenian relations were discussed.
Konstantin Zatulin discussed further plans for the work of the Armenian branch of the Institute of CIS countries and the Lazarev Club with the branch director, Dr. Alexander Markarov. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Armenia Sergey Kopyrkin also received Konstantin Zatulin at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Yerevan.
At the invitation of his friend, philanthropist and businessman Artak Tovmasyan, Konstantin Zatulin and the family of Iosif Kobzon took part in the opening of a memorial-small fountain in memory of in the Aparan region of Armenia, named after Iosif Kobzon, People's Artist of the USSR, an outstanding public figure and MP Zatulin's colleague in the State Duma.
Late in the evening of September 18, Konstantin Zatulin returned to Moscow.
"I could not help but respond to the need to visit Armenia in difficult times. Many in Armenia accepted the defeat in the 2020 war, which was confirmed by the results of early parliamentary elections in the summer of 2021. They thought they were choosing peace. But it turned out that Azerbaijan and Turkey expected that Armenians and Armenia would completely abandon their compatriots in Nagorno-Karabakh, and they forcefully remind them of this.
Armenia, like the entire region, needs peace, but not at the cost of permanent humiliation. The peace treaty and the demarcation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border do not remove the problem of the status of Nagorno-Karabakh, the search for a solution which has been on the agenda of international relations for 30 years. This should be considered from this point of view. As far as I understand, this is exactly how Russia sees it, sending its peacekeepers to the conflict zone.
I left and Nancy Pelosi stayed. This is a bitter joke. But it reflects a situation in which the Armenian government and those who support it are trying to get closer to the US and the West in order to gain support in this, inside and outside the country. The West is playing with Armenia and Azerbaijan, its main goal is to oust any Russian influence in the region. And it achieves ever greater success in this pupose, having chosen the platform of the European Union in Brussels for repeating the experience of Camp David in the Middle East settlement in the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.
It is very difficult for Russia in the Caucasus., which is engaged in Ukraine, But things need to be called by their proper names. The lack of a clear and public assessment of events on our part gives rise to disappointment in the Armenian society. Acting unceremoniously, Azerbaijan and Turkey, which stands behind it, in fact, received a lever that provokes the growth of anti-Russian sentiments in allied Armenia, whose authorities themselves are not averse to blaming all difficulties on Russia, including responsibility for the Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh.
This is the turning point and how Armenia and Russian-Armenian relations will develop further depends on the decisions to be made in the near future," Konstantin Zatulin said following the visit.