Deputy Russian Parliament Chairman Proposes New Approach to Calm Tensions over Karabagh

MOSCOW (Armenpress)–Russian parliament member Vladimir Zhirinovsky proposed–on Tuesday–a new scheme for ending the more than a decade-long dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Mountainous Karabagh.

Considered the most outspoken political leader of his time–Zhirinovsky argued that Karabagh should join the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)–in order to calm tensions on both sides. Zhirinovsky–the head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia and a deputy chairman of parliament–pointed to the futility of resolving both the Karabagh conflict and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Speaking to a news conference in Moscow–he stressed that neither Armenia nor Azerbaijan would ever agree to concessions on Karabagh. "If Russia insists on joining Karabagh with Armenia–that will offend Azerbaijan; if Karabagh is joined with Azerbaijan that will hurt Armenia," he said–adding that Mountainous Karabagh is–in fact–a historical part of Armenia.

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