Belarus President Says Serzh Sarkisian Refused to ‘Surrender’ Artsakh Regions

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko (left) with Armenian Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Astana on Nov. 8, 2018
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko (left) with Armenian Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Astana on Nov. 8, 2018

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko (left) with Armenian Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Astana on Nov. 8, 2018

President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko revealed that in 2016 he and President Vladimir Putin of Russia proposed to then Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian to “surrender five regions” to Azerbaijan, saying Sarkisian refused.

“Putin and I suggested surrendering five regions to Azerbaijan,” said Lukashenko during a briefing with Russian press on Friday. The Belarus leader said that the proposal was made to Sarkisian during the 2016 CSTO Summit that was held in Yerevan.

According to Lukashenko, Sarkisian said at the time that “if he were to surrender those territories, Azerbaijan would cut off all roads and would occupy [all of] Karabakh.”

“Putin and I promised,” Lukashenko said “we would deploy our troops and we would not allow that to happen. He rejected the offer.”

Lukashenko also revealed details about a gas pipeline that he said Baku wanted to go through Armenia and Georgia. The Belarus leader claimed that he held discussions with former president Sarkisian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev regarding this matter.

“They [Azerbaijan] were building a pipeline. I think it was a gas pipeline that was bypassing Armenia,” Lukashenko said, claiming that Aliyev had asked him to speak to Sarkisian, who was president at the time, in order to get permission for the gas pipeline to pass through Armenia.

“I visited Armenia to speak to Serzh Sarkisian and convey the message. He rejected it,” Lukashenko said.

The Balarus president complained to reporters that the Russian press, in general, did not cover issues related to his country objectively.

He cited an example from last week’s CIS and EEU summits in St. Petersburg, where he spoke to reporters and told them about a discussion at the EEU Summit that “got so heated there that we had to apologize to one another.”

Lukashenko said that the Russian press depicted the incident in a manner that suggested he had to apologize to Putin for started the conversation.

“I would find it below my dignity to apologize for it. I have apologized to Nikol [Pashinyan] for attacking him for various reasons. Putin apologized to everyone. It was a mess. Nazarbayev began apologizing. And this really happened, we were apologizing to one another at this session,” said Lukashenko who blamed the Russian press for spreading false information.

Presumably, Lukashenko’s apologized to Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan for asserting that the next CSTO Secretary-General should be from Belarus, after Yuri Khachaturov resigned due to a criminal case pending against him in Armenia.

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9 Comments

  1. Ra said:

    Belarus ‘s Lukanhesko should shut up and stay away from Artsakh and Armenia!!!
    He has no credibility and honor !!!

  2. mgl said:

    Lukashenko could be an idiot or just don’t know much about Karabakh situation. If later then he needs to be educated. At the same time, why Armenian official don’t scream about returning Armenian territory which still under Azeris, like Shaymian for example?

  3. joe said:

    Lukaskenko is the clown thug dictator of Belarus. Its not his duty in any way to negotiate “lands returned to Azerbaijan”. These lands are Armenian lands Not Azeri. Why no mention of asking the Azeri thug despot Aliyev to recognize Artsakhs free independence? Or compensation for the hundreds of thousands of Armenians who left Azerbaijan with nothing? OR compensation for the ethnic cleaning that started the liberation of Artsakh and the ancient Armenian lands? Ignore the fat Belarus dictator. Belarus needs a velvet revolution to rid garbage like him and deserves better.

  4. Artin said:

    NO WAY! Armenia will NEVER & SHOULD NEVER surrender ONE Centimeter of it’s lands. As far as I am concerned, ALL of Azerbaijan is Armenian lands. Returning a single cm of those lands is not only tactically stupid & makes us more dependent on foreigners for our independence, but it insults the memory every Armenian that has ever died for our freedom, particularly the people who died during the Artsakh war!

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