Karabakh will Never be Part of Azerbaijan, Says CIS Institute Head

Konstantin Zatulin, Director of Institute of Commonwealth of Independent States
Konstantin Zatulin, Director of Institute of Commonwealth of Independent States

Konstantin Zatulin, Director of Institute of Commonwealth of Independent States

YEREVAN—Nagorno-Karabakh will never be part of Azerbaijan, said Konstantin Zatulin, Director of Institute of Commonwealth of Independent States on Thursday.

Zatulin, who is in Yerevan to attending a joint session of the Russian, CIS Affairs and Armenian Parliament conference said that there could not be any scenario that would place Karabakh under Azerbaijani rule or a return to Soviet borders, “since no Soviet Azerbaijani exists.”

Speaking about the April war, Zatulin stressed that Russia condemns Azerbaijani actions and remains keen on eliminating distrust among the people of Armenia.

“We look to end those days, the sentiments in the Armenian public, doubting Russia’s partnership and relations. Steps taken by the heads of our countries are aimed at eliminating those suspicions. As you know the two ministers of defense signed an agreement on creating joint Russian and Armenian military forces. Aside from that, Armenia was provided with ‘Iskander’ missile system this summer. To note, this is the first case when such a system is transferred to other state and seeks to maintain the balance in the region,” explained Zatulin.

Russian State Duma members visit Dzidzernagapert

Russian State Duma members visit Dzidzernagapert

A Russian State Duma delegation led by Leonid Kalashnikov, Chairman of the Committee on for CIS, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots visited the Dzidzernagapert Memorial on Friday.

Russian lawmakers laid a wreath at the memorial to the Armenian Genocide victims and paid tribute to their memory with the observance of a moment of silence.

The guests visited the Armenian Genocide Museum Institute and became acquainted with the documents and testimonies of the Armenian Genocide.

“Innocent people keep dying today. It is necessary to combine efforts to prevent new universal tragedies,” Kalashnikov said.


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  1. Norserunt said:

    God bless Russia. God bless Armenia. May God protect the two centuries old friendship between Russia and Armenia from all enemies both foreign and domestic.

  2. ara said:

    israleis arming the azeris is a near declaraton of being our enemy-for sure-pull back israel-they hate u there too

  3. Janapar said:

    Sadly the whole thing could be settled by a short sharp invasion of AZ by Putin. Armenia gets NK. Russia gets a piece of its old empire back. The USA and EU will do nothing. Trump spins the globe looking for Baku but all the pretty colors flashing by distract him.

  4. Zareh Sahakian said:

    Missing in the article above is the rest of Zatulin’s remark saying also that the Armenian side has to return all territories surrounding the Nagorno-Karabakh region (read: NK Oblast during Soviet times).

    No matter how friendly Russian officials, intelligentsia or ordinary commentators try to project themselves as being pro-Armenian, they can never bring themselves to hide their arrogance and contempt towards Armenia.

    These are the allies we are supposed to trust our security with.

    Can’t wait the day Armenia pulls an Anwar al-Sadat on Putin’s Russia. (This, one should repeat many times over as Armenia’s mantra!)