Amid ongoing tensions, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced That his country will not conduct joint exercises with Russia this year.
Pashinyan announcement He came after the leader of The former Soviet republic criticized Moscow and work of Russian peacekeepers in South Caucasus that plagued it for decades due of Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over The formeroccupation of territory of the latter.
Speaking to reporters, Pashinyan said that he does not see reason for Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) military drills in Armenia this yearsaying they are “unsuitable”. in the current Attitude.”
“These exercises will not take place,” he told reporters.
“Armenia does not think it appropriate to conduct CSTO exercises in republic this year. “
Analysts say Russia is preoccupied with the protracted war in Ukraine is losing influence in South Caucasus decades later of playing a power broker role.
Pashinyan referred to Russia, which Armenia thought of as his number one His ally left his country down. Referring to the incursion in 2021, Pashinyan said: “Armenia expected concrete actions from its Russian and other partners.” in Safety.”
“This is amazing issue important from this point of view of building more relationships added.
based in Moscow, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) includes Russia and former Soviet republics of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The security coalition said Tuesday it was looking for else locations for exercises.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, personally contacted Pashinyan announcement “rather new “In any case, Armenia is our close ally,” he said.
“We will continue dialogueincluding those issues that are now very complicated. ” Analysts noted Russia’s unwillingness to get involved in conflict with Turkey and Azerbaijan in Caucasus.
Al-Bashini has it also They repeatedly accused the Russian peacekeepers of Failed to protect ethnic Armenians in He called Karabakh for Multinational peacekeeping force to step in.
as part of Endowment 2020-fireRussian peacekeepers responsible for Maintain security over The link, referred to as the Lachine Corridor.
It was the province of Lachin, which is located between Karabakh and Armenia last of The three domains on the edge of Karabakh that the Armenian forces surrendered in December 2020. Russia has deployed nearly 2,000 peacekeepers for five years at least ensure Safe transit across the region to observe the peace agreement and help return of refugees.
But travel through the Lachin corridor has been banned since December 12 by Azerbaijani activists. who student access to what Azerbaijan has described as illegal mining sites in Karabakh. The Armenian authorities described the blockade as part of it of Azerbaijan’s efforts to extend its control over the region He urged the Russian peacekeepers to open the way.
However, Azerbaijan rejected Armenia’s accusations that it had closed the Lachin corridor, noting that Russian forces were blocking the road. Azerbaijan move she has left Russia in Risky position. Armenia hosts Russia military Moscow was the country’s biggest ally and patron. However, the Kremlin also Strive to maintain intimate relationships with Oil-rich Azerbaijan.
with the focus of her attention on the fight in Ukraine and Russia have taken a wait-and-see attitude on The blockade of the Lachin Pass angered Armenia.
After the five Russian peacekeepers-year authorization is overArmenia can invite UN peacekeepers to attend in If Russia fails to do its job ensure Safety for the population of Karabakh region, Pashinyan said.
The 2020 peace deal brokered by Russia also named for the creation of Transport link between Azerbaijan and its enclave, Nakhchivan via Armenian lands. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev accused Armenia on Tuesday of renege on He promised her to provide this transit corridor.
“Whether Armenia wants it or not, it will be implemented,” Aliyev said. in Televised statements called the corridor to Nakhchivan a “natural right” of Azerbaijan, adding that Azerbaijan does not have plans to wage another war against Armenia.
Peskov has previously denied a claim before secretary of The Armenian Security Council, for which Moscow pressured Armenia join a union of Russia and Belarus.
comment on Prosecution Tuesday, Pashinyan said that Moscow has made number official order it effectpointing out that “the reality It’s not as simple as it seems.”
he added: “Sometimes it is not the text that needs to be taken into account, but the subtext.”
“Armenia’s sovereignty is an absolute value” prime minister confirmed.
relationships between former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan have been in tension since 1991 when the Armenians military Illegally occupied Karabakh, a region internationally recognized as part of its territory of Azerbaijan, and seven contiguous regions.
Clashes broke out on September 27, 2020, with The Armenian army attacked civilians and Azerbaijani forces, violating several humanitarian moratoriums-fire agreements.
During the 44-day conflict, Azerbaijan liberated many cities and about 300 settlements and villages occupied by Armenia. for Almost 30 years old.
The fight is over with Russian mediated agreement on November 10, 2020, which was seen as a victory for Azerbaijan and defeat for Armenia.
However, the stop-fire Several were broken times since then.