Pashinyan: Deployment of Russian peacekeepers in Karabakh is acceptable

October 22, 2020 – 22:47 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The deployment of peacekeepers into the Nagorno- conflict zone is acceptable for the Armenian side. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in an interview with Interfax, not ruling out the involvement of Russian peacekeepers.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Pashinyan had said that such issues could be discussed as part of a wider resolution within the OSCE Minsk Group.

According to Pashinyan, Azerbaijan’s views on the matter will differ from those of Armenia’s.

“If we speak of compromises, then the presence of Russian peacekeepers could also become a compromise scenario. The Russian Federation has good relations with both Azerbaijan and Armenia. It is very important to reckon with the stance of other regional countries, so that peacekeeping forces could stabilize the region, and not the other way around,” Pashinyan said.

Pashinyan’s press secretary Mane Gevorgyan told PanARMENIAN.Net that the position of the Armenian Prime Minister on the matter has not changed: “The Prime Minister has always said that this issue [of bringing in peacekeepers] should be considered in the context of the general package of solutions, rather than a separate aspect. This time, the prime minister also noted that the deployment of peacekeepers should be considered in the context of the region.”

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, meanwhile, has has not ruled out the deployment of observers and peacekeepers in Karabakh, though he said that Baku will present its conditions.

Azerbaijan, with help from Turkey and Syrian and Libyan mercenaries deployed by Ankara, started a war against Karabakh () in the morning of September 27. The Armenian side has reported deaths and injuries both among the civilian population and the military. Foreign and local journalists too have been injured in Azeri shelling of towns and villages.

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