It’s up to Moscow to protect locals from Azerbaijan, Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan has said
FILE PHOTO: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan © Karen MINASYAN / AFP
Russia is now responsible for the safety of people in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has stated. A one-day Azerbaijani operation in the disputed region ended in a Moscow-mediated ceasefire on Wednesday.
The Armenian leader distanced his nation from the outcome of the brief conflict, claiming that his government had nothing to do with the truce between Baku and the self-proclaimed authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Speaking in an address to the nation, he argued that since the Russian peacekeepers in the region facilitated the ceasefire, they have now taken “full unconditional responsibility for providing safety to the people of Nagorno-Karabakh.”
He reiterated Yerevan’s assurances that the Armenian military has not fielded any assets in Nagorno-Karabakh for years. Azerbaijan’s claims to the contrary were meant to drag Yerevan into a new round of hostilities, he stated, adding that if this had happened, Armenia’s sovereignty would have been at risk.