Lachin Corridor should be under control of Russian peacekeepers, no one else should exercise control over it. Pashinyan




YEREVAN, MAY 25, ARMENPRESS.  According to the trilateral declaration of November 9, the Lachin Corridor should be under the control of Russian peacekeepers, no one else should exercise control over it, ARMENPRESS reports, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan said during the expanded-format session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.

Referring to the speech of the Prime Minister of Armenia regarding the illegal blocking of the Lachin Corridor, Azerbaijani President Aliyev claimed that Azerbaijan did not block any corridor. According to Aliyev, it is open.

"And on the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan, which you recognize, there is a checkpoint in accordance with all international norms. That border checkpoint is located 20 meters from the position of Russian peacekeepers," Aliyev said.

He claimed that the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh are moving peacefully to Armenia through that checkpoint.

Regarding the "Zangezur Corridor" wording, Aliyev said that Azerbaijan initiated that wording, it is their right to initiate what they consider legal and correct. According to Aliyev, the Russian Federation and other countries also support it.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan responded, "It is very interesting to hear that Russia supports the program you talked about. I am hearing about it for the first time. I know that Russia supports the unblocking of all transport and economic routes in our region."

Then the Prime Minister addressed and corrected Aliyev's "Lachin road" formulation, reminding that according to the trilateral declaration, there is no Lachin road, there is a Lachin corridor, which according to the same statement should be under the control of Russian peacekeeping forces.

“No one else should exercise any control in that corridor. What is happening there is a direct violation of the trilateral declaration. You said that the corridor is open, we don't see it, we don't think so. That is why we consider it important that an international mission be sent to both Lachin Corridor and Nagorno-Karabakh, which will assess the humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh," said Pashinyan, noting that since December, unfortunately, there has been a humanitarian crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh, as a result of the closure of Lachin Corridor, the necessary deliveries are not made.

The Prime Minister added that Russian President Vladimir Putin knows about it very well, because they have talked about it more numerous times.