Putin: Pashinyan was insisting on war. Therefore, Armenians lost Shusha

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Baku, 22 November 2020 –

'From the point of view of international law, this means that Nagorno-Karabakh and the adjacent territories were and are a part of the Republic of Azerbaijan.' Russian President Vladimir Putin said this in a programme 'Moscow. Kremlin. Putin,' commenting on the question of why Russia did not provide direct military assistance to Armenia, despite the fact that it is a member of the CSTO.

Putin noted that there was no aggression against the territory of Armenia, no one encroached on it. Therefore, Russia and the CSTO had no right to take part in the conflict.

'As for the military-technical cooperation with Yerevan, Armenia received all the necessary assistance. Moscow did everything possible to prevent Armenia from feeling abandoned and forgotten. Putin also stressed that Yerevan had the possibility of concluding a ceasefire agreement back in October.

According to him, the president of Azerbaijan was ready to stop the war. But Pashinyan insisted that the fighting should continue. All this led to the capture of Shusha by the Azerbaijani troops, which opened the road to Stepanakert (Khankendi).

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Russia played only the role of an intermediary in the conclusion of an agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh and assumed obligations for the peaceful separation of the parties, said Russian President Vladimir Putin.

'Russia played only the role of a mediator and undertook the obligations under this document to carry out the peaceful separation of the parties. This is what we are doing now,' Putin said on the air of the Russia 1 TV channel.

He stressed that the authors of the agreement itself are three parties – the Russian Federation, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

'As for the text itself, the three of us did it – I, of course, President Aliyev and Prime Minister Pashinyan. It was impossible to do otherwise, because, in fact, it was an agreement between the two parties,' the Russian president specified.

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