It is impossible to replace what is real with something imaginary, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday, commenting on Nikol Pashinyan’s statement about the possibility of deploying an international observation mission on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.
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“WE STAND FOR THE COMPLETE AND REQUIRED IMPLEMENTATION OF ALL THE AGREEMENTS SIGNED BY THE THREE PARTIES TO SOLVE THE PROTRACTED CONFLICT, THAT HAVE BEEN RUNNING IN A DANGEROUS, BLOODY PEAK many times. A lot has been planned. These documents have been agreed upon not just between the mediator and each individual country, but between countries that are part of a long history By this they are invaluable and are a real, not an imaginary “road map,” the diplomat stressed.
According to her, quite a few people, politicians, public figures, both inside various states and from outside, want to replace with their ideas what they agreed on. “They promise a lot, they know how. True, they did not do much over the years. There were no results. Our agreements worked out “on paper” did not remain. They are implemented step by step, step by step. Not always the way you want, because you always want the maximum. But at the same time, they work. You can’t replace something really acting with something imaginary. This is a general rule,” said the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Commenting on the statements voiced in support of Armenia by the United States and France, as well as their proposed assistance in de-escalating the situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Zakharova said that Russia sees attempts by non-regional players to bring instability to the South Caucasus.
“We see attempts by a number of non-regional players to transfer or bring instability to the region, which has just received a legal chance to get out of a protracted crisis, or to transfer the situation of instability in Ukraine to another part of the post-Soviet space, including the South Caucasus. You see what attempts to destabilize the situation are being made and are being made throughout the post-Soviet space. This is an extremely dangerous line,” she said.
For its part, Russia continues vigorous efforts to de-escalate the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border in contacts with both Baku and Yerevan. “Relevant steps are also being taken through the CSTO. It is necessary to ensure a stable ceasefire and the withdrawal of all forces to their previous positions,” Zakharova stressed, adding that there are a number of non-regional players who would like to appropriate the laurels of a peaceful settlement or the implementation of peace agreements. “We are not greedy. We are always ready to share success. But now we are seeing another trend, when they are trying to put sticks in the wheels of the implementation of these agreements. This is already serious,” she said.
“We proceed from the fact that the guarantee of stability in the South Caucasus is the full implementation of all the provisions of the tripartite statements of the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia dated November 9, 2020, January 11 and November 26, 2021. In the current situation, we consider it important to intensify work on all tracks including unblocking economic and transport links in the region, delimiting the border and agreeing on a peace treaty,” Zakharova stressed.
To a clarifying question, it turns out that Moscow is working to suppress some negative scenarios, she answered in the negative, explaining: “We are focused on the implementation of existing agreements. We consider this a priority, which in many ways will guarantee the prevention of destructive tendencies, who would be behind them didn’t stand.”
Touching upon the actions that took place in YEREVAN demanding Armenia’s withdrawal from the CSTO and the degree of probability of this, Maria Zakharova noted that “the unfounded criticism of the CSTO voiced by certain political figures is not beneficial and does not contribute to the search for verified, mutually acceptable solutions.”
“Wherever these politicians are, there is little sense in such destructive statements. Today (September 29) in Yerevan, the CSTO Secretary General S. V. Zas presented to the Prime Minister of Armenia N. V. Pashinyan the assessment of the proposal based on the results of the work of the CSTO mission in the Republic of Armenia (September 15 – 23 this year), sent there by decision of the leaders of the member countries of the Organization to monitor the situation in certain border regions of Armenia. As you know, S.V.Zas and the head of the CSTO Joint Staff A.A.Sidorov, together with experts, visited the area of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and assessed the state of affairs “on the ground.” Additional information will appear on the official resources of the Secretariat CSTO,” the official website of the Russian Foreign Ministry quotes the words of a representative of the department.
As for the decision taken by Yerevan not to send a military contingent this year to participate in the joint CSTO exercises in Kazakhstan, then, according to her, “apparently, Armenia is acting on this issue based on the priority tasks facing its armed forces, taking into account the current situation. , it is her sovereign right.”
“Our interaction with Armenia within the framework of the Organization can be characterized as fruitful and effective. The current chairmanship of this country in the CSTO coincided with a period of special challenges and threats to collective security that we must jointly counter. years and outline new prospects for the future,” said Maria Zakharova.
Meanwhile, Russian Ambassador to Armenia Sergey Kopyrkin, who visited Gegharkunik Marz, during a conversation with journalists in the Sotk community, said: “We proceed from the fact that only diplomatic efforts, along with all the trilateral agreements reached in 2020 and 2021, and withdrawal of troops to their original positions may be the only reliable basis for solving problems between Armenia and Azerbaijan.” “Of course, this is all very tragic, I saw the same thing in Jermuk and Goris, and, of course, this further strengthens Russia’s position that the use of force is a path that cannot lead to the resolution of problems,” he added.
Commenting on the dissatisfaction of the Armenian authorities with the fact that Russia does not provide sufficient assistance to Armenia, Kopirkin noted that he does not agree with this. “Of course, there may be different expectations in this tragic situation, we understand this, but Russia is doing everything in its power to ensure that the process of political settlement, launched by the tripartite statement of November 9, 2020, continues despite all the problems and contradictions. We continue to work in this direction, we support the parties in achieving common approaches. It is not easy, it requires great efforts, but we have done it and intend to do it in the future,” the Russian diplomat said.
ACCORDING TO HIS WORDS, A DRAFT decision of the Collective Security Council is being worked out, which is designed to respond to existing expectations. “Russia clearly expresses its position both in relation to forceful methods and in relation to the fact that the only real way to resolve issues is the political and diplomatic path on the basis of those tripartite agreements that exist,” the ambassador stressed.
Sergei Kopirkin noted that the Russian Federation has a fairly clear position, especially if “this is also applied to those practical actions that Russia is taking and which are not always spoken about publicly.” “I think that Russia’s position here can be criticized, but not acknowledged that Russia is really investing a lot of effort and material and political capital, including, and above all, the top leadership … not to recognize this is simply unfair,” he said.
Touching upon the issue of arms supplies to Armenia from Russia, Ambassador Kopyrkin stressed that he was not ready to comment on this topic, given its delicacy. “This should be done by professionals, but this is an area that is part of our allied relations,” he said.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and news agencies
“Voice of Armenia”