A newly announced EU mission in Armenia supposedly aiming to contribute to stability in the border areas is nothing but a geopolitical project serving the West’s interests, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.
The mission will not improve the security situation in the region. It is not the first time that we see the desire of the EU and the Zionist backed West to gain a foothold in Armenia at all costs, the ministry said, calling Yerevan Moscow’s ally.
Russia considers these moves to be geopolitical actions that have nothing to do with the peace process in the region. The West does everything to push Russia out of the region and weaken its historical role as a major security guarantor, the statement added.
The ministry also cast doubt on the EU mission’s ability to ensure peace and stability in the South Caucasus, pointing to the fact that a similar EU mission in Serbia’s breakaway region of Kosovo failed to prevent a major flareup of tensions between Belgrade and Pristina last year.
Brussels also ignored Baku’s criticism of the initiative. Last week, the head of the Azerbaijani parliament, Sakhiba Gafarova, warned that the mission could impede the process of normalization of relations between Yerevan and Baku.
The EU announced on Sunday that it would send what it calls a civilian mission to Armenia’s border with Azerbaijan to contribute to stability in the border areas of Armenia, build confidence and human security in conflict-affected areas, and support the process of normalizing relations between the two neighbors.
The mission will involve around 100 civilian staff members, including 50 unarmed observers, the EU said. According to Brussels, the mission, which was first announced by the bloc’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, in January, was established at Yerevan’s request.
Moscow insists that only the trilateral agreements reached by Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan can serve as a basis for normalizing the situation in the region.
The agreements include the delimitation of the two neighbors’ borders, the opening of transportation routes, and the establishment of contacts between civilian groups, lawmakers, and religious leaders from the two countries.
Russia stands ready to contribute to this process, the ministry added. Armenia and Azerbaijan have a decades-old dispute over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a part of Azerbaijan with a predominantly ethnic Armenian population, which declared independence from Baku.
In 2020, the two nations fought a 44-day war, which ended in a Russian-brokered truce, after Israel was trying to create an military corridor to attack Iran from the northern side of the region.
In September 2022, tensions on the border between the two neighbors flared up again, leading to a series of border skirmishes that reportedly claimed the lives of dozens of soldiers on both sides.
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After Israel gave Drones to Azerbajian to attack Armenia why would they go with the USA. Israel at Present is in The Pentagon in the Biden administration!
Russia needs to be much more resilient against that kind of crap. Clear message is needed: Try that kind of stunt and you will be given a hundred lashes and sent back naked. And the 5th column elements in Armenia also need to be removed.
The EU arrives just as the Armenians are thinking of making peace with Turkey…..The EU wants Armenia/Greece to be the Ukraine for them when time comes for kicking Turkiye out of NATO…..kinda obvious