YEREVAN (Armenpress)—The Russian Co-Chairman of the Armenian-Russian Interparliamentary Commission, Nikolay Ryzhkov, said he isn’t inclined to draw any parallels between Artsakh and Crimea in terms of accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).
During a press conference following the 25th session of the Commission in Yerevan, journalists asked Ryzhkov why Russia is included in the EEU together with Crimea while Armenia will join the EEU without Artsakh.
“I understand that Nagorno-Karabakh is a very sensitive matter for Armenia, but unlike Karabakh, Crimea took a decision to join Russia by means of a referendum. We couldn’t forbid Crimean people to do that. Moreover, Crimea has been a Russian territory before Khrushchyov gifted the peninsula to Ukraine under the influence of intoxicants. As regards Karabakh, I think it is necessary first of all to clearly determine its status and then to discuss the issue you have raised,” Ryzhkov said to the journalists.
When commenting on Russia’s deliveries of military hardware to Azerbaijan, Ryzhkov said that he had repeatedly expressed his opinion about that. He pointed out that he does not know why Moscow is selling arms to Baku. “I will only say that the Council of Federation has taken no decisions on delivery of military hardware,” he stressed.
“This is our first session after Armenia signed the agreement on EEU membership on October 10. I would like to congratulate the Republic of Armenia on that occasion. This makes the development of the interparliamentary cooperation between Armenia and Russia more important,” Ryzhkov told Armenpress.