The introduction of Russian peacekeepers into Nagorno-Karabakh could be the optimal solution to the Karabakh conflict, said Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
“I am in favor of bringing Russian peacekeepers into the conflict zone. But the problem is that the deployment of peacekeeping forces from the Russian Federation must be approved by all parties to the conflict,” – Pashinyan said in an October 30 interview with The Daily Telegraph.
At the same time, the Armenian prime minister called on Europe to make more efforts to ensure that Turkey stops supporting Azerbaijan.
On October 29, Armenian Prime Minister’s advisor Vagharshak Harutyunyan stated that Russia will play a key role in maintaining the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. According to him, the country is a guarantor of security and stability.
Earlier, Pashinyan had already proposed to discuss the likelihood of the introduction of a Russian peacekeeping mission in Karabakh at the level of the OSCE Minsk Group (RF, USA, France). The Kremlin then explained that such an option is possible only with the consent of both parties to the conflict – Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Yerevan and Baku have disputed the ownership of Karabakh, on the territory of which mainly Armenians live, since 1988. Then the region announced its secession from the Azerbaijan SSR. During the armed confrontation, Baku lost control over Karabakh and seven other regions. The situation escalated on September 27. The parties blamed each other for shelling and death of civilians. The armistice agreements reached then have not been respected.
On October 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that the solution to the conflict would be a balance of interests – a compromise that would suit both sides.