“We find a lot of concern a mass departure of Armenians taking place under the complicit gaze of Russia,” said Anne-Claire
France estimated today that the “massive” exodus of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh, after the victorious attack of Azerbaijan, is unfolding “under the complicit gaze of Russia”, which had deployed a peacekeeping force in this region in 2020.
“We find a lot of concern a mass departure of Armenians taking place under the complicit gaze of RussiaAnne-Claire Legendre, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a press conference.
He reminded that Paris makes “Azerbaijan is fully responsible for the fate of the Armenian population».
Russia brokered a ceasefire agreement that ended hostilities in 2020 and has since deployed a peacekeeping force, which has not stopped Azerbaijan’s offensive against the region’s Armenians.
The spokeswoman also stated that France offers “its support to Armenia”, struggling to accommodate more than 13,000 people who have come from Nagorno-Karabakh.
He reminded that Paris has already offered humanitarian aid of three million euros and that it wishes to offer “additional aid”.
France “is ready to send medical and emergency aid».
Responding to a question about the meeting held today in Brussels on this issue, the spokeswoman underlined that the European position is “clear”, following the condemnation of the attack launched by Baku last week and the demand to reopen the Lachin Corridor, the unique road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia.
“Consultations continue with our European partners“, he underlined.
“We will have the opportunity to continue them in Granada“, in southern Spain, at the beginning of October.
The European Union today received high-ranking representatives of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev are expected, for their part, at the European Political Community meeting involving around 50 European countries, members and non-members of the European Union, on October 5 in Granada.
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