Armenia Says Attacks on Civilian Aircraft ‘Unacceptable’

Spokesman for the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tigran Balayan


YEREVAN—“We are shocked by the tragedy of the passenger plane crash that claimed the lives of 298 people,” Spokesman for the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tigran Balayan said in comments to news.am.

”We express condolences to the relatives of innocent victims, to all those countries, whose citizens lost their lives as a result of the tragedy. The President of the Republic of Armenia on the behalf of the Armenian people has already sent condolence letters to the heads of Malaysia and the Netherlands,” he said.

Asked to comment on the information that the plane was shot down, Balayan said “only a comprehensive investigation of the accident can shed light on the causes of the plane crash.”

”Armenia has always condemned and continues to consider the use of force and the threat of force against civilian aircraft absolutely unacceptable,” he concluded.

On Friday, President Serzh Sarkisian sent a telegram of condolence to King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Sultan Tuanku Abdul Halim of Malaysia on the tragic crash of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 airplane flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, which claimed hundreds of lives.

The Armenian President extended his deepest condolences and support to the King of the Netherlands, the Prime Minster and the Sultan of Malaysia, as well as to the relatives of the victims and the friendly peoples of the Netherlands and Malaysia, and wished them patience, steadfastness and strong spirit in this difficult moment.

According to the information provided by the Dutch authorities to the Armenian Embassy in The Hague, there were no citizens of the Republic of Armenia in the plane that was shot down in Ukraine near the Russian border, the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

The plane was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 295 people on board were killed.

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  1. Hratch said:

    It’s always comforting to know we are umbilically tied to a self serving, tyrannical, oligarchic regime.

  2. ED said:

    AND WHAT IS SAYING OFFICIAL AZERBAIJAN ! ???

    When a Azerbaijani sabotage group is killing a young boy in NKR, this boy must had seen something of very importance, else these Azerbaijani sabotage group would had prefer to remain “unnoticed…”

    Most probably responsible Azerbaijani forces have stored weapon for different sabotage purposes within NKR . It is quit possible that officials in Baku have made a width range of preparation to shut down Armenian or NKR civilian aircraft ( planed to operate form Stepanakert) form inside territory of NKR itself, and let it all look like an “accident”, making it hard to prove sabotage acts of official Baku …

    I think the sending of such a sabotage group to NKR is or war part of a big sabotage plan of officials in Baku

  3. Ruby Minas said:

    If someone can tell why Ukraine’s and Dutch authorities allowed a commercial plane to fly over the war zone in the first place?
    Is it possible that the CIA’s head has come up with this plan to shoot down the plane and blame it on Russians?
    It reminds me of the big fuss that U.S.A. made over the use of chemicals in Syria by the Syrian government and even wanted to bomb Syria and later on it was found that the “so called rebels” or “opposition” whom U.S.A. and France are arming was the user of the chemical weapons on their own allies in Syria

    • zarkim said:

      Iran Air Flight 655 was an Iran Air civilian passenger flight from Tehran to Dubai that was shot down by the United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes on 3 July 1988.

      US/allies have done it before. And this is one of thousands of such incidents..

  4. Arn.Sweden. said:

    I I dont think anybody delibretly target civilian Aircraft as such.

    However –

    Whom allowes civil aircraft to travel in a warzone ?

    It could be a setup anticipating this outcome,
    in order to gain sympati to one side in the ukrainian conflikt,
    and direct hate on and to the other.

    God bevere !.

    Arn.Sweden.

  5. zarkim said:

    If US Administration and allies (Led by Mr Obama) are allowed to arm some flesh eating animals (Terrorists) with missiles and heavy weapons in Syria, so can Mr Putin arm some of his own people in Ukraine.
    .
    US Administration started this ugly act of cooperating and arming terrorists in Syria and they still do. Well, this is the end result. They have no right to complain. No leg to stand on.
    .
    Mr Putin tried to convince these US leaders to stop arming the terrorists and no one listened to him. Why should Putin listen to them, now?
    .
    Are we to believe that these democratic leaders led by Israel are smarter than Putin? They would not stand a chance.
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    Mr Putin has learned all his aggression from US/allies and has perfected them.
    WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND, sweetie. Keep dreaming.

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