ArmInfo. Since the beginning of December 2022, the EU has been closely following the developments along and around the Lachin Corridor and their humanitarian implications. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy /Vice-President Josep Borrell said in a written answer commenting on the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh, which was besieged by Azerbaijan for the second month.
Thus, on December 16, 2022, MEP Assita Kanko sent an official request to Borrell asking him what specific steps the High Representative / Vice President is taking to ensure the security of the indigenous Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh, against the backdrop of the Azerbaijani blockade; whether the mandate of the EU Monitoring Mission will be extended and whether the number of deployed experts will be increased and whether restrictive measures will be taken against the responsible authorities of Azerbaijan. "High Representative/Vice-President Borrell is in regular contact with the Foreign Ministers of both sides. EU Special Representative Klaar also remains in close contact with both sides. The EU has called on Azerbaijan to take the measures that are within its jurisdiction to ensure freedom and security of movement along the corridor, in line with its obligations deriving from the trilateral statement of 9 November 2020. In accordance with the agreement reached in Prague on 6 October 2022, the EU Monitoring Capacity was deployed to Armenia for a maximum of two months and completed its activities on 19 December 2022. The EU has started a new phase of engagement with the decision1 to establish, in response to Armenia's request, a civilian European Union mission in Armenia (EUMA) under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The objective of the mission is to contribute to stability in the border areas of Armenia, build confidence on the ground, and ensure an environment conducive to normalisation efforts between Armenia and Azerbaijan supported by the EU. Sanctions are only one of the EU's tools to promote the objectives of the Common Foreign and Security Policy and are not being considered in this case. The EU's efforts with Armenia and Azerbaijan are focussed on achieving solutions through dialogue, to which the leaders of both countries have expressed their commitment."
Since December 12, 2022, for 51 days now, the Azerbaijani side, under a far-fetched environmental pretext, blocked the only road connecting Artsakh with the outside world. The population of the NKR has been in a blockade for the second month, deprived of basic means of subsistence. All this is happening against the backdrop of the tacit encouragement of the civilized community of these inhumane actions of Azerbaijan. Since January 9, Artsakh has been deprived of the opportunity to receive electricity from Armenia, due to the destructive actions of Azerbaijan. Rolling blackouts occur on a daily basis in the republic. Moreover, from noon on January 12, the enemy side also interrupted the communication cable that provides the country's population with Internet and telephone communications. It was restored only on January 14. The enemy periodically hinders the gas supply to Artsakh.