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Armenian PM, Nikol Pashinyan, Addresses Tensions in the Region and International Relations

Armenian PM, Nikol Pashinyan, Addresses Tensions in the Region and International Relations

In a recent interview on Public Television, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan discussed the ongoing tensions in the border region between Armenia and Azerbaijan. He highlighted concerns regarding the buildup of Azerbaijani troops in the area and their actions around Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).

Pashinyan noted that there is a palpable tension along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border due to the presence of Azerbaijani troops and their recent actions. He emphasized that this situation aligns with the evaluations given during the previous session of the Armenian Government, indicating that the concerns have persisted.

Furthermore, Pashinyan addressed the topic of his phone calls to foreign partners, specifically highlighting his communication with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He clarified that the Russian President was indeed one of the first recipients of his calls, and he had engaged in numerous conversations with President Putin regarding the situation in the region. Pashinyan stressed that the ongoing issues, such as the illegal blockade of the Lachin Corridor and the humanitarian crisis, necessitate ongoing discussions.

Pashinyan expressed his disappointment that, despite these extensive conversations, the situation has not significantly improved since their last communication, prompting the need for further dialogues and actions.

In another aspect of the interview, Pashinyan expressed his disappointment with the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) for not fulfilling its obligations towards Armenia. He attributed this shortfall to various factors, including the complex geopolitical situation in the South Caucasus. Pashinyan underlined the need for Armenia to bolster its border security and explore additional tools and international support to address these challenges effectively. He also highlighted Armenia's efforts to promote a clear understanding of its actions within the Russian Federation.

Lastly, Pashinyan touched upon the "Khovaev Plan," a proposal put forth by Russia. He revealed that the plan became irrelevant after Azerbaijan rejected it. Pashinyan clarified that the plan was based on the understanding that Nagorno-Karabakh was within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, a position contrary to Armenia's stance.

He stressed that agreements such as the Prague agreement and others had not invalidated the obligations laid out in the trilateral agreement of November 9, 2020, which remains in force. Pashinyan emphasized that this agreement, along with the Almaty declaration, continues to shape the region's dynamics.

In conclusion, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's interview provided insights into the ongoing challenges faced by Armenia in the South Caucasus, its international relations, and its commitment to addressing border security and geopolitical complexities.


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