Pashinyan Accused Putin of the Inertia of Russian "Peacekeepers" in Karabakh

Tuesday, 27 December 2022

Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin has complained to him of not fulfilling its obligations in the Lachin Corridor by Russian "peacekeepers" in Karabakh.

The video of Pashinyan's statement at the meeting with Putin in the Russian Museum has been published by the Russian mass media.

Pashinyan noted that the crisis in the Lachin Corridor is currently his top issue.

"You know that it [the corridor] has been blocked for almost 20 days. It is within the area of responsibility of Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh. I would like to remind you that according to the tripartite statement [of November 9, 2020] by the president of Russia, the president of Azerbaijan and the prime minister of Armenia the Lachin corridor should be under the control of Russian peacekeepers. Azerbaijan vowed to guarantee unhindered passenger and cargo traffic along the Lachin corridor. Now it turns out that the Lachin corridor is not under the control of Russian peacekeepers. Of course, I would like to discuss this situation and what the options [for resolving it] are," Pashinyan said, adding that he expects to discuss a way out of this situation with the head of the Kremlin.

This is not the first critical statement made by Pashinyan to the Kremlin regarding the situation in the Lachin Corridor. The Russian Foreign Ministry has rejected his criticism.

On December 12, the Lachin corridor was blocked, allegedly due to the protest of citizens of Azerbaijan, who demand to stop exporting minerals from the region. On December 13, Azerbaijan cut off gas supplies from Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh.

On December 14, Yerevan appealed to the ECtHR to order the court to oblige Baku to unblock the Lachin Corridor.

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