ArmInfo.Russia is trying to shift its inactivity, and in some ways its inability in the Nagorno-Karabakh issue to the Armenian side. Speaker of the RA National Assembly Alen Simonyan stated in an interview with the Public Television of Armenia, commenting on the recent statement by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
On August 30, Zakharova stated that the current situation in the Lachin corridor was the result of Armenia's recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh as part of the territory of Azerbaijan. "This was recorded following the summits with the participation of the leaders of the two countries under the auspices of the European Union in October 2022 and May 2023," she said.
"I saw this statement, the essence of which was that Armenia recognized the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan in accordance with the Almaty Declaration of 1991. But the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan was recognized just by the party that was supposed to act as a guarantor of the implementation of the agreements reached. On November 17, 2020, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin directly stated that Nagorno- Karabakh has been and will remain an integral part of Azerbaijan. Let's say the Armenian side made some statement, but there is a statement dated November 9, 2020, under which there are signatures of three countries, which says that the Lachin corridor is a 5 km wide area under the jurisdiction of Russian peacekeepers. The question arises: where is this area, where are the Russian peacekeepers? Simonyan askes.
He noted that for 30 years, no government in Armenia had any territorial claims or demands to recognize Artsakh as an independent state from Azerbaijan.
" Is Russia trying to say by this that it is no longer a guarantor, as provided for by the statement of November 9? If so, then this should be said directly," Simonyan said.
Answering the question about what is the reason for such behavior of Moscow, the Speaker noted that Russia today is in a very difficult situation related to the war in Ukraine. At the same time, he admitted that the proposed corridors through Armenia have long-term prospects, and also pursue geopolitical interests, including those of Russia.
Alen Simonyan also commented on the accusations that the Armenian authorities are trying to oust Russia from the region. "In colloquial terms, we say the following, if you have an obligation to protect us, then protect, but don't say you because you made a statement, so we can't defend you. This is a false claim, Simonyan said, adding that American and European partners also use double standards when buying Russian gas through Azerbaijan.