ArmInfo. Moscow did not comment on the claims of the President of Azerbaijan to the Armenian Zangezur, calling for this issue to be left to historians and relevant experts.
Thus, on September 27, during a weekly briefing, when asked to comment on the statements of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev that supposedly "historical" Zangezur belonged to the Azerbaijan Republic, but the Soviet Union "gave it to Armenia," the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that she did not consider it right to give the primary importance of history, but not because it is not respected in Russia, but because of the dynamic development of the situation on the "ground" today.
According to her, in Moscow they know very well the history of the Soviet period, and before the Soviet period, and after it. "Now the situation is developing dynamically, and it requires prompt comments more than history requires - this is firstly. And secondly, comments on historical facts and history take a lot of time. I think that for this purpose there are historians and relevant experts to whom it is better to ask questions," she noted.
At the same time, Zakharova noted that Armenia and Azerbaijan recognized each other's territorial integrity. "They will be guided by this principle in their practical actions. The parties stated this. The Russian side is interested in a stable situation in the Transcaucasus. It advocates resolving all controversial issues exclusively through political and diplomatic means. Moreover, both Armenia and Azerbaijan are allied states with us. "We are bound by security obligations with Yerevan, both in a bilateral format and within the CSTO. The declaration of allied cooperation of February 2022 is being successfully implemented with Baku," she said.
Regarding the statements of the Turkish President about obtaining a corridor through the Syunik region of the Republic of Armenia, Zakharova recalled that the topic of unblocking transport communications in the region is being most carefully considered through a tripartite working group co-chaired by the Deputy Prime Ministers of the Russian Federation, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
"We are convinced that it is in this format that a mutually acceptable solution can and should be found that would guarantee the sovereignty and jurisdiction of each country over routes passing through its national territory. Such agreements, based on a balance of interests, will benefit both the states of the region and their neighbors, including Russia, Turkey and Iran," she said.
In response to the question whether there were contacts between Yerevan and Moscow after the latest mutual accusations, and whether Russia was heard in Armenia, Zakharova said that this question should be addressed to Yerevan. "It seems to me that, in general, what is happening there - I think even a deaf person would hear. This is not just a question of Moscow's reaction. This is, in general, the reaction that simply swept across the world," she said, adding that contacts between Yerevan and Moscow continue at various levels. Zakharova also noted that Moscow expects that their signs will be properly heard and received in Yerevan.
She also assured that this was largely a response to the actions of Armenia. "And lastly, I think the most important thing, Russia has always treated relations with Armenia with care. It has never been the initiator of their aggravation, it has done its utmost to support the people of Armenia in the most difficult situations. This will continue to be the case. We proceed from the fact that all agreements on the development of bilateral cooperation will continue to be implemented in the interests of the peoples of the two countries," she concluded.