Eastern Europe

Aliyev stands up for Pashinyan at CIS summit

16:05, 18 December 2020
Aliyev stands up for Pashinyan at CIS summit Photo: MOD Russia/Global Look Press

Armenia's modern army was created not by the prime minister of the republic Nikol Pashinyan, but by its former presidents, Serzh Sargsyan and Robert Kocharian, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said at a meeting of the CIS heads of state.

The army that was defeated during the fighting in Karabakh is not Pashinyan's army; it is the army that Kocharyan and Sargsyan created, RIA Novosti quotes the head of state.

He recalled that people trying to 'attack' Pashinyan need to understand it.

Aliyev also emphasized that now the conflict in Karabakh should be discussed only in the past tense since the ceasefire is maintained and gets stronger with each passing day.
Nikol Pashinyan is not present at the CIS summit due to his father's death.

NEWS.ru reported earlier that during his press conference Putin again said that from the standpoint of international law, Nagorno-Karabakh is part of Azerbaijan.

The armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which had smoldered for many years due to a territorial dispute, escalated on September 27. Baku launched a counter-offensive. On the night of November 10, the presidents of Azerbaijan and Russia Ilham Aliyev and Vladimir Putin, and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on ending the fighting. Under the terms of the document, the two armies remained in their places, and Russia deployed its peacekeepers to monitor compliance with the ceasefire.