RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO ARMENIA: HAVING TAKEN ARMENIA'S OR AZERBAIJAN'S SIDE, RUSSIA WILL TURN OUT TO BE ASIDE OF KARABAKH PROCESS

ArmInfo
2010-09-30 13:41:00

ArmInfo. Having taken Armenia's or Azerbaijan's side, Russia will turn
out to be aside of the Karabakh process, and this is an axiom we have
to understand, Russian Ambassador to Armenia Vyacheslav Kovalenko said
today in Yerevan during a one-day research-to-practice conference
"Russia and Armenia in the world and regional politics: problems
and prospects".

"We have been explaining this axiom to Georgia for one and a half
year persuading its leadership that the Abkhaz and South Ossetian
problem can be solved only by achieving a compromise, however, this
axiom was not perceived by there, that resulted in a war with all the
subsequent events", he said. According to Kovalenko, today's policy
of Russia with respect to the Karabakh conflict currently implies,
first of all, non- admission of resumption of military operations on
Karabakh borders. Moscow can achieve it just be keeping neutrality
in the Karabakh conflict.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict broke out on February 28 1988 in the
Azerbaijani Sumgait with massacre of Armenians as a peculiar response
of Azerbaijanis to the peaceful demand of the Nagorno-Karabakh
autonomous Region, part of the Azerbaijani SSR, to unite with the
Armenian SSR. This resulted in other pogroms of Armenians in Baku,
Kirovabad and other regions of Azerbaijan populated with Armenians.

In 1991 Azerbaijan unleashed war against peaceful populations of
Nagorno-Karabakh, expulsing ethnic Armenians from the territory of
Azerbaijan. Dozens of thousands of peaceful residents on both parties
were killed in the military actions, and hundreds of thousands were
left homeless and have become refugees.




From: A. Papazian