Moscow Does Not Agree with Ankara’s Position on Karabakh

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to reporters on Oct. 12 in Moscow
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to reporters on Oct. 12 in Moscow

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to reporters on Oct. 12 in Moscow

  • Turkey is not Moscow’s Strategic Ally, Says Lavrov
  • Lavrov proposes deploying observers to frontline

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday said that Russia does not agree with Ankara’s positions on Karabakh. He also proposed deploying ceasefire observers to the Karabakh frontline.

“Turkey’s role in Karabakh: yes, we do not agree with the position voiced by Turkey, which was also expressed on several occasions by [Azerbaijani] President Aliyev, there is no secret here,” Lavrov said during a radio interview, adding that Moscow “cannot share statements according to which a military solution to the conflict exists and is permissible.”

Lavrov said a military solution for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was “unacceptable,” while he said Turkey needs to be “transparent” in its actions.

Lavrov went on to say that Russia has never considered Turkey as its strategic ally.

“We have never considered Turkey as our strategic ally. It [Turkey] is a close partner, that partnership has strategic nature in many areas,” explained Lavrov.

The Russian Foreign Minister also said that Russian military observers should be deployed to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict zone in order to ensure that the ceasefire agreement is upheld.

He stressed that a final decision on the proposed deployment of observers will be up to the sides to the conflict.

Speaking at a news briefing, Lavrov said the military observers on ground would be able to decide the specific necessary steps to objectively supervise how the sides are adhering to the ceasefire.

Lavrov said he has been in contact over the issue with his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts, and that the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu has also contacted his counterparts in Yerevan and Baku.

He provided more insight into the 11-hour talks that ended with the humanitarian ceasefire agreement last week, calling the negotiations unique. Lavrov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin played a decisive role in the talks, adding that, at one point, defense minister Shoygu talks. According to Lavrov, Shoygu said that the establishment of a ceasefire would not be without the installment of verification mechanisms.

According to Lavrov, it is possible to achieve a political solution to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, but this requires the agreements to be maintained on the ground.

On Wednesday, Shoygu held telephone conversations with Defense Minister of Armenia Davit Tonoyan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Zakir Hasanov, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.
“During the talks Sergei Shoygu called on his counterparts to fully implement the obligations of the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides in accordance with the agreements reached in Moscow on October 10,” the defense ministry statement added.

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  1. Concenred Armenian said:

    This war was brought to us by your NED (i.e. CIA) and Soros funded Pashinyan regime.

    Despite their sins, both real and perceived, both Kocharyan and Sargsyan avoided a destructive war like this. At the end of the day, Artsakh is Armenia’s fight, not Russia’s. Russia will protect Armenia with nuclear weapons if need be. But, like I said, Artsakh is not Russia’s fight. This is how we wanted it. This is what we got. Russia, which is Armenia’s ONLY ally, is providing Armenia massive amounts of weaponry on a regular basis, and is also protecting Armenia’s border with Turkey so that Armenian forces can concentrate on defeating Azerbaijan, and also so that Americans like you can be here to badmouth the only nation on earth that ensures Armenia’s existence.

    That said, despite Russian military aid, Nikol is holding back Armenia’s armed forces from fully participating in Artsakh’s defense. This is fact. And this is where the real betrayal lies. The battle for Artsakh has been left mostly to Artsakhtsis. Armenia’s worst enemy has always been from within, as we are seeing today.

    If for whatever reason Nikol is unable or unwilling to defend Armenia and Artsakh as well as Armenia’s armed forces could, he should immediately break all ties with the Western world (the real reason why we are in this situation to begin with), stop the empty, lofty rhetoric (as hundreds of young soldiers die and large amounts of territory gets lost), and immediately appeal to Russia for help.

    The Bear is waiting…

  2. Concenred Armenian said:

    This war was brought to us by your NED (i.e. CIA) and Soros funded Pashinyan regime.

    Despite their sins, both real and perceived, both Kocharyan and Sargsyan avoided a destructive war like this. At the end of the day, Artsakh is Armenia’s fight, not Russia’s. Russia will protect Armenia with nuclear weapons if need be. But, like I said, Artsakh is not Russia’s fight. This is how we wanted it. This is what we got. Russia, which is Armenia’s ONLY ally, is providing Armenia massive amounts of weaponry on a regular basis, and is also protecting Armenia’s border with Turkey so that Armenian forces can concentrate on defeating Azerbaijan,.

    That said, despite Russian military aid, Nikol is holding back Armenia’s armed forces from fully participating in Artsakh’s defense. This is fact. And this is where the real betrayal lies. The battle for Artsakh has been left mostly to Artsakhtsis. Armenia’s worst enemy has always been from within, as we are seeing today.

    If for whatever reason Nikol is unable or unwilling to defend Armenia and Artsakh as well as Armenia’s armed forces could, he should immediately break all ties with the Western world (the real reason why we are in this situation to begin with), stop the empty, lofty rhetoric (as hundreds of young soldiers die and large amounts of territory gets lost), and immediately appeal to Russia for help.

    The Bear is waiting…

  3. Barkev Kalgian said:

    Who wrotenthe above commentary- why isn’t it sighed. I can agree with parts of it, the fact that we can only depend upon Russia,but I can’t agree with his assesment that as to what he is accusing Pashinian of holding back on Armenia’s participation of the defense of Artsakh. With just a no fly zone over Artsakh, which I understand Russia is now supplying by knocking down the Azeri or Turkish drones, he has confidence that the fighters of Artsakh can handle the cowardly Azeri army , one of whosw officers butchered an Armenian officer while he slept when they were attending a NATO program. What no one seems to remember is that during WW II while the Soviet army used theAzeri’s as cannon fodder, the Armenians of Karabakh were supplying Marshalls to the Soviet defense.

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