We regret that Azerbaijan abused Russia's trust – State Duma member

16:03 • 26.03.18



Russia is extremely concerned over the attempted ceasefire breaches around Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), regretting at the same time that Azerbaijan abused its trust by launching offensives  with Russian weapons, a member of the State Duma said Monday.  


At a news conference in Yerevan, Konstantin Zatulin, a deputy chairman of a parliament committee dealing with Eurasian integration and CIS affairs, said they are also worried by the belligerent rhetoric "aiming to lead the peace process to a deadlock".


“We understand that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict – likewise many other conflicts around the globe -  should have but one outcome, which is the peaceful solution. So Russia is as always concerned lest a military settlement should apply to this particular case,” he noted.  


Zatulin also reaffirmed Moscow’s commitment to guarantee Armenia’s security and defense as a strategic ally.


He added that they received additional assurances on Sunday after visiting the 102nd Russian military base stationed in the second largest city, Gyumri.


“Also in the frameworks of the CSTO [Collective Security Treaty Organization], will Russia treat any attack or military threat against Armenia as a hazard to its own country. We understand that after the eruption [of hostilities] - provoked by one of the sides in 2016 - Armenia was discontent with Russia's move to supply Azerbaijan with weapons. We regret that Azerbaijan found no other way of using the weaponry apart from violating the ceasefire along the Line of Contact. We have drawn the necessary conclusions,” the Russian lawmaker noted.


“I would like to also call your attention to the fact that Russia has equipped Armenia with modern defense supplies, which I hope you will see during the [independence] parade,” Zatulin said, adding that he and a number of other Russian parliamentarians act in support of the Russian-Armenian friendship.


Asked why then the country still continues the weapons trading with Azerbaijan (almost two years after the April 2016 fighting), thereby encouraging the Baku authorities to threaten the “return” of Yerevan and Armenia’s south, Zatulin said they had to continue the deal “in the frameworks of earlier agreements”.


“They [the weapons] were supplied to Armenia on the same conditions. As for [Azerbaijani President Ilham] Aliyev’s statement, I would prefer to be maximum correct with this, as I know my statement will appear in the Azerbaijani media tomorrow. The much respected president of Azerbaijan has undermined his positions by making statements of the kind. They were probably intended for the domestic audience just in the run-up to the [presidential] polls, but I don’t think it will stand criticism from the historic, political or any other viewpoint. I isn’t clear at all who may seriously consider those ideas,” Zatulin added.

 

 

 

Tigranuhi Martirosyan





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