The parliament of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic adopted the draft amendments on the recognition of the Russian language as the official language, press secretary of the NKR President Lusine Avanesyan told RIA Novosti.
According to the law, “literary Armenian and Russian” are now considered the official languages of the republic.
It is noted that state bodies, legal entities, institutions and organizations are obliged to conduct office work in Armenian, and, if necessary, in Russian.
The justification for the initiative speaks of the need to “form a new agenda” taking into account “cultural, military, economic relations between Artsakh (self-name of Karabakh – Ed.) And Russia”, historical memory and the fact that for many Karabakh residents Russian is the second language communication.
The spokesman for the president of the republic explained that the problem became urgent due to the long-term presence of Russian peacekeepers in Karabakh, who came to the region to resolve the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
At the end of September 2020, hostilities resumed in Nagorno-Karabakh, which became a continuation of many years of contradictions and led to casualties among the civilian population.
The parties made several attempts to conclude a truce, but the tripartite agreement reached on the night of November 10 turned out to be successful. With the mediation of Moscow, Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to completely cease fire and exchange prisoners and bodies of the dead. Yerevan also handed over Kelbajar, Lachin and Aghdam districts to Baku.