YEREVAN (tert.am)–A report presented at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly blames Russia for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Armenian delegation attending the sessions voiced concern about the findings of the report, which does not reflect the official NATO position, but is presented for discussion at the session.
“The report on NATO-Russia: Euro-Atlantic security included some wordings our delegation expressed concern over. Some wordings related to Nagorno-Karabakh did not correspond to the facts,” said head of Armenia’s delegation Koryun Nahapetian speaking at press conference Monday.
He added the report dealt with Russia’s role in the causes of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and in its current stage, as well as Russian-Ukrainian tension.
At a press conference Monday, another Armenia delegate to the meeting, Tevan Poghosyan, said it was wrong that the report blamed Russian for the start of the conflict.
He acknowledged the Russian role in the conflict, and singled out the fact that Russia continues to sell weapons to Azerbaijan, but to squarely lay blame of the start of the conflict, does not correspond with the realities and history of the conflict.
“The question is not whether or not Russia has an impact on the conflict; we all know that Russia sells weapons,” he explained. “But the persons behind the report had put this aside and written that Russia had started the Karabakh conflict.”
Poghosyan added that the author of this report realizes that his task is to direct the “pointers” against Russia, but explained that “it was apparent that they wished to just mention the Russian Federation yet again.”
The Armenian delegation pointed out that the report did not mention the OSCE Minsk Group in the context of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process though not only Russia, but also the US and France are the OSCE Minsk Group member-states.
Nahapetian stressed that while the report did not express NATO’s official position, attempts need to be made to exclude such formulations at this stage of the conflict resolution process.