The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia stated that the problem around Nagorno-Karabakh can be solved exclusively by peaceful means. This is stated in the official statement of the department, which was published on the official website on Wednesday, October 21.
“Constantly speaking from positions that exclude a military settlement of the conflict, we once again emphasize that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be settled exclusively by peaceful means within the framework of the co-chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk Group, a format with an international mandate,” the Armenian Foreign Ministry stressed in a statement.
As the “Federal News Agency” writes, earlier the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan stated that talking about a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Karabakh at this stage is meaningless, since “what is acceptable for Yerevan is unacceptable for Baku.”
The prime minister’s statement drew criticism from Azerbaijan and Turkey, who noted that it was allegedly clear from the prime minister’s words “who wants war.” In Armenia, Baku’s attacks were called manipulation, which Azerbaijan and Turkey reject a peaceful settlement of the conflict and try to present their own position as an approach from Yerevan.
Senator Alexei Pushkov on Thursday, October 22, commented on the statement of Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay about his readiness to send Turkish troops to the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic in case of a request from the Azerbaijani authorities.
“Turkish military in Karabakh? This would lead to the expansion and internationalization of the conflict and would exclude a peaceful scenario. Not to mention the revival of the ghosts of the past, ”he wrote on his page in Twitter…
Earlier, the Turkish vice president, speaking about the possible introduction of the republic’s troops into the territory of the NKR, said that since the beginning of the resumption of the armed conflict, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan “has already outlined his position. Turkey will not hesitate, and our president will certainly not be. “
The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27. Baku and Yerevan accused each other of shelling and the death of civilians. On October 9, during negotiations in Moscow, the parties agreed to cease fire, but in fact this did not happen.
A new humanitarian ceasefire went into effect on 18 October. The first night in Stepanakert passed calmly. However, both Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of violating the ceasefire and conducting shelling along the line of contact.
Armenia has repeatedly said that representatives of Turkey are fighting on the side of Azerbaijan in Karabakh. Both Ankara and Baku denied this. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced about mercenaries from the Middle East who are fighting for Armenia.
The conflict in Karabakh began in February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its secession from the Azerbaijan SSR. During the armed confrontation in 1992-1994, Baku lost control over the region and seven adjacent districts. Since 1992, negotiations have been held on a peaceful settlement of the conflict within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, headed by three co-chairs – Russia, the United States and France.