November 13th, 2020 | Nagorno-Karabakh
ANNA News crew reporting from the front lines in Nagorno-Karabakh.
In an interview with Public TV of Armenia, Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan expressed his position on what is happening in Karabakh:
1. He considers the signed document a joint statement, not an agreement.
2. The main factor of signing - if he had not signed, then Azerbaijan would have taken Stepanakert, and 30 thousand soldiers south-east of Stepanakert would have been surrounded (forces that defended Martuni and Krasny Bazaar).
3. The decision was taken quickly, in a matter of hours, since there was simply no time for consultations with parliament.
4. The signed document is not about the surrender of land, but about the preservation of what else could have been preserved (meaning the risk of losing Stepanakert with a subsequent encirclement in the area of Krasny Bazaar and Martuni).
5. The document can be torn and thrown away, but you need to think about the consequences of this. Pashinyan sees no clear alternatives.
6. Discussion of the fate of Karabakh will be diplomatic and will last for a long time.
7. The war in Karabakh showed that Armenia does not have enough Special Operations Forces.
8. The position of the Russian Federation on Karabakh has not changed over the past 4.5 years. Russia's relations with Armenia did not change the position of the Russian Federation on Karabakh.
9. Pashinyan was misinformed about the situation in Shusha. He was told that 50 people were still in the city, but in fact, he was informed about this from Stepanakert.
10. There were 2 attempts to return the city - the first unsuccessful and the second successful, the troops were able to occupy part of the city again, but that did not led to success.
11. In order to end hostilities, it was necessary to concede something else besides Shushi.
12. The destroyed houses in the territories left by the Armenians will be restored, Armenia will invest in the infrastructure of Karabakh. Road communication with Karabakh will be safe thanks to Russian peacekeepers.
13. Russian peacekeepers are deployed in Karabakh to ensure the safety of civilians in Karabakh.
14. The main task at the moment is to ensure political stability in Armenia.
15. The Armenian army and society must change institutionally.
16. UAVs and mobile special operations groups won this war.
17. The military-industrial complex and high technologies should become the leading branches of the renewed Armenian economy.
18. The change of power in Armenia should be carried out through democratic mechanisms (lol, how ironic, he himself came to power trough color revolution).
19. The signed document does not imply the opening of the border with Turkey.
20. Armenia wants to open a new railway with Iran and new alternative roads to Russia.
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