Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan believes that a political dialogue should begin between Baku and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and “colleagues in Nagorno-Karabakh should not allow anyone to accuse them of disrupting a constructive conversation.”
“Our assessments of events and the situation must be based on facts … In this regard, political statements that make the situation even more deadlocked should be avoided, since statements that are not accompanied by a clear realization of the achievement of the final goal do not bring any benefit. Between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh, start a political conversation, and our colleagues in Nagorno-Karabakh should not allow anyone to accuse them of disrupting a constructive conversation or of taking actions that make this conversation impossible,” Pashinyan said at a government meeting on Thursday.
According to the Armenian prime minister, the closure of the Lachin corridor linking Armenia and Karabakh is a provocation, the purpose of which is a new military escalation.
“And one should not take steps that are desirable for the authors of the military escalation scenario,” Pashinyan said.
He believes that “one of the goals of the provocation and escalation is to remove from the agenda the issue of the need for a political and official conversation between Yerevan and Baku.”