YEREVAN, MAY 24, ARMENPRESS. Armenia reaffirms the agreement recorded in Brussels, according to which it recognizes 86.6 thousand square kilometers of Azerbaijan and expects that Azerbaijan will also reaffirm that it recognizes 29.8 thousand square kilometers of Armenia, ARMENPRESS reports, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced during the parliament-Cabinet Q&A session.
Hripsime Grigoryan from Civil Contract Party asked why Armenia recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and specifies the territorial dimensions.
"Why 86.6 thousand and 29.8 thousand, because from here the next question arises: what is that territorial integrity that we recognize? Azerbaijan has a very clear narrative, it says that Armenia does not recognize its territorial integrity, that is, if it does not recognize that Azerbaijan is 86.6 thousand square kilometers, then they do not recognize that Armenia is 29 thousand 800 square kilometers. And that conversation is happening in front of the international community. And when Azerbaijan continuously attacks Armenia, and, of course, we are in contact with the international community, they say that Armenia does not recognize their territorial integrity either, attacked or is attacking them. Suppose, Armenia does not recognize the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, and if Azerbaijan attacks, the CSTO will come and stand by Armenia. CSTO said during and as a result of these attacks: "I will come and stand by your side, but I will just send 30 very strong observers," said the Prime Minister.
Pashinyan emphasized that a decision must be made. "We can say that we do not recognize Azerbaijan's 86.6 thousand square kilometers, and in our opinion, Azerbaijan is not 86.6 thousand square kilometers, but 45.7 thousand square kilometers. They will say that in their opinion, Armenia is not 29.8 thousand square kilometers, but 8700 square kilometers. And yes, I reaffirm from this podium that Armenia reaffirms the agreement recorded in Brussels, that Armenia recognizes 86.6 thousand square kilometers of Azerbaijan, and I expect that Azerbaijan will also reaffirm that it recognizes 29.8 thousand square kilometers of Armenia", said the Prime Minister.