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Will Russia intervene in case of Azerbaijan`s aggression against  Artsakh? Russian Foreign Ministry`s response

Will Russia intervene in case of Azerbaijan`s aggression against  Artsakh? Russian Foreign Ministry`s response

ArmInfo.The Armenian leadership is trying to lay responsibility for the fate of Nagorno-Karabakh on third countries, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on March 16 during a briefing, commenting on the statement of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan that the Russian Federation assumed the function of NK security guarantor.

"It seems to me that there is no need to fantasize or try to go  around and around: all the obligations of our side are clearly  spelled out in the tripartite statement of the leaders of the Russian  Federation, Armenia and Azerbaijan dated November 9, 2020. All the  obligations of our side are clearly spelled out, and they are spelled  out in a tripartite statement by the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan  and Armenia. You just need to open this document and see what  obligations our side bears and what not - and that's all>, Zakharova  said.

According to her, Russian peacekeepers are doing everything in their  power to prevent escalation and stabilize the situation on the ground  in their area of responsibility. <Of course, much depends on the  actions and statements of all parties involved in this issue.  We  believe that these statements should be constructive and aimed at  common success. If statements are made that run counter to or  contrary to this main goal, namely bringing peace and stability,  overcoming differences, then we always focus on this. We try to do it  diplomatically, not because of the traditions of diplomacy, but  because of the main achievement of the goal that has been set -  peace, stabilization, global stability. And every time, behind our  statements, perhaps, sometimes, such roundly diplomatic ones, there  are scrupulous efforts and titanic work aimed at the implementation  of all agreements>, the representative of the Russian Foreign  Ministry said.

As Zakharova noted, the Russian side considers the statements of the  Armenian leadership as a continuation of the line that was taken at  the summit in Prague in October 2022 under the auspices of the EU. "  Therefore, we leave the attempts to hold third countries responsible  for the fate of Nagorno-Karabakh to the conscience of the Armenian  side, the leadership of Armenia," she said.

When asked whether Russia should protect Karabakh if Azerbaijan wants  to take control of the territories under the responsibility of the  peacekeepers, the diplomat replied that <the subjunctive mood or  future 3D prototyping is inappropriate>. <There are specific  obligations fixed on document. There is a specific work carried out  <on the ground>. We can only comment on what is happening, what is  fixed. The degree of implementation and what is happening "on the  ground" in the area of our responsibility. Telling how it might look  like if something happened is inappropriate, wrong and very harmful  in this case. Since it will lead to speculations, insinuations, etc.  If there will be something that requires a reaction, we will give it.  Now it is extremely dangerous to engage in simulation >, - said the  official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Today at a government meeting, Nikol Pashinyan said that Yerevan  hopes that Moscow will fulfill its assumed function of guarantor of  the security of the population and  the safety of civil  infrastructures of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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