Russian peacekeepers to maintain neutrality in Nagorno-Karabakh
In a recent statement, Federation Council Deputy Speaker Konstantin Kosachev clarified that Russian peacekeepers stationed in Nagorno-Karabakh will not engage in combat, remaining neutral amidst ongoing tensions.
"Any expectation that our peacekeeping force will act beyond its designated peacekeeping role is misplaced. Russia and its peacekeepers neither intend nor are authorized to participate in combat or favor any side," Kosachev stressed on Telegram.
The TASS reported that he further highlighted that Russia respects Yerevan's acknowledgment of Nagorno-Karabakh as Azerbaijani territory. This stance was solidified during European Union-led summits in October 2022 and May 2023.
Touching upon calls for Russian intervention from various quarters, Kosachev remarked, "For those advocating for Russian troops based in Gyumri, Armenia, to intervene due to a perceived assault on CSTO member Armenia, they are mistaken. Legally, the clashes are taking place on land recognized by Armenia as Azerbaijani territory."
Kosachev emphasized the continued discussions through Russian peacekeepers, noting the importance of maintaining control and avoiding external geopolitical influences that might wish to escalate tensions.
"Our objective is to adhere to the trilateral summit agreements from 2020-2022, which provide a clear pathway for a peaceful resolution in Karabakh. Any deviation risks further violence," he cautioned.
The deputy speaker praised the Russian peacekeeping brigade for mitigating tensions and ensuring effective communication among conflicting parties, thus averting potential humanitarian crises.