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.