ArmInfo.The message of Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan on independence dated September 24, 2023 contains unacceptable attacks against Russia and cannot cause anything other than rejection. This is stated in a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia.
"There is an attempt to remove responsibility for failures in domestic and foreign policy, shifting the blame to Moscow. Pashinyan's latest claims confirm our earlier conclusions that processes inspired by the West and spurred on by official Yerevan that are destructive for country itself and our allied relations are not episodic, but systemic.
The head of government, in fact, admitted that all this time the republic was being deliberately prepared for a turn away from Russia. Their steps, designed to set a new, Western vector for the development of Armenia, are unconvincingly justified by alleged mistakes of the Russian Federation and the CSTO. At the same time, it is forgotten that our states have largely similar interests in matters of security and development, and the United States and other NATO countries have set as their goal not only to inflict strategic damage on Russia, but also to destabilize our common Eurasian space," the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed conviction.
Official Moscow emphasized that Russia has always been faithful to its allied obligations, respected Armenian statehood and never confronted the republic with a choice: "with us or against us." The Russian Foreign Ministry added that Moscow has provided and continues to provide large-scale assistance to fraternal Armenia in the areas of security, economics and culture. In this vein, the department again recalled that in the fall of 2020, the efforts of the Russian Federation and President Vladimir Putin personally made it possible to prevent the complete defeat of Armenia.
"If Pashinyan had agreed to a truce weeks earlier, the loss would have been less severe. Finally, the selfless work of Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh (NK), sometimes at the cost of their own lives, is a direct confirmation of Russia's continued commitment to fulfilling its extremely difficult mission in the interests of achieving peace between the Azerbaijani and Armenian peoples, which Pashinyan chose to remain silent about.
Our country, despite increasingly frequent alarms about the creation of artificial difficulties for Russian companies in the republic, is invariably pursuing a course of increasing economic and investment ties with Armenia both bilaterally and within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union. Today they are demonstrating record dynamics, contributing to the impressive growth of the Armenian economy and the well-being of citizens," the Russian Foreign Ministry added.
At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry emphasized that Russia firmly stands in favor of strengthening the common cultural and educational fields with Armenia, despite the attempts of individual Armenian representatives to slow down the progress of mutually beneficial projects in the humanitarian sphere.
"In regional affairs, Pashinyan, instead of observing the gentleman's agreement between the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia of November 2020 to leave the issue of the status of Nagorno-Karabakh to future generations, succumbed to the instructions of the West. In Prague and Brussels, he decided to act based on the Alma-Ata Declaration of 1991, recognizing the sovereignty of Azerbaijan over Nagorno- Karabakh. This fundamentally changed the conditions under which the trilateral statement of November 9, 2020 was signed, as well as the position of the Russian peacekeeping contingent. Due to the short- sightedness of the Armenian leadership, it was not possible to implement a number of agreements in the field of strengthening security of Armenia, in particular, Pashinyan did not sign the decision already agreed upon by all foreign ministers of six countries to send a CSTO observation mission to the regions of the republic bordering Azerbaijan," the Russian Foreign Ministry emphasized.
At the same time, Moscow added that the situation was heated by official Yerevan's persistent denial of the continued presence of "Armenian armed formations" in Nagorno-Karabakh after November 9, 2020, which became one of the key reasons for the latest escalation in September.
"The agreement reached through the mediation of the RPC on September 20 on the withdrawal of the remaining Armenian units and the complete disarmament of the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army with the removal of heavy equipment and weapons revealed the real picture and created the preconditions for sustainable de-escalation.
Largely as a result of the inconsistent position of the Armenian leadership, which preferred to shy away and run to the West over rhythmic work together with Russia and Azerbaijan, the implementation of a set of trilateral agreements at the highest level for 2020-2022 has stalled," the Russian Foreign Ministry assured. At the same time, the department added that precious time was lost, during which significant progress could have been made in terms of agreeing on a peace treaty, delimiting the border and unblocking regional communications, which would have become additional security factors for Armenia.
"It is also noteworthy that at the aforementioned Prague and Brussels meetings under the auspices of the European Union, the Prime Minister of Armenia, recognizing the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, did not remember the rights and safety of the Karabakh Armenians. Today we do not see any strong interest in official Yerevan to help solve pressing problems in Nagorno-Karabakh , we are talking about creating favorable conditions for observing the ceasefire, improving the humanitarian situation, and establishing a sustainable dialogue between Baku and Stepanakert.
This irresponsible approach of Pashinyan's team caused understandable discontent among part of the Armenian society, which was expressed in popular protests. Of course, allegations that they were inspired by Russia have nothing to do with reality. The head of the Armenian government should be well aware that Moscow does not deal with such things - unlike the West, which is quite skilled in organizing "color revolutions", but by a strange coincidence chose not to notice the numerous facts of persecution of protesters by the authorities in Yerevan. At the same time, as is well known, the U.S. Ambassador maintains close contacts with the government. Against this background, clearly at the instigation of the authorities, a real anti-Russian bacchanalia has unfolded in the Armenian media.
We are convinced that the Yerevan leadership is making a huge mistake, deliberately trying to destroy the multifaceted and centuries-old ties between Armenia and Russia and making the country a hostage to the geopolitical games of the West. We are confident that the overwhelming majority of the Armenian population is also aware of this," the Russian Foreign Ministry summarized. It should be noted that Pashinyan said on September 24 that Azerbaijan's attacks on Armenia in recent years make it obvious that the external security systems that Armenia was involved in are ineffective from the point of view of protecting state interests and the security of the republic. This fact became obvious not only during the 44-day war in 2020, but also in May and November 2021 and in September 2022. He also considered the activities of the RPC in Artsakh ineffective and criticized the CSTO.