Caucasus “destabilized”: Russia castigates Macron’s “unacceptable” statements
“Emmanuel Macron’s statements that Russia is using the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to destabilize the South Caucasus are appalling and totally unacceptable,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on France 2 the day after the interview with the head of state.
Russia on Thursday slammed French President Emmanuel Macron’s “unacceptable” statements accusing Moscow of “destabilizing” the Caucasus amid the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. “Emmanuel Macron’s comments that Russia is using the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to destabilize the South Caucasus are appalling and totally unacceptable,” Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
On Wednesday, during an interview on France 2 channel, the French President said: “Russia got involved in this conflict, it obviously played the game of Azerbaijan with Turkish complicity and went back there to weaken Armenia.” Russia trying to create disorder in the Caucasus to weaken and divide us all,” he said.
Statements labeled “absurd” by Russia
In the eyes of Russian diplomacy, these “absurd statements by the French President prove that Paris has no interest in lasting peace in the region and cast doubt on his country’s ability to play a constructive role there”. “Unlike France (…) Russia has practically contributed to the settlement of the conflict,” emphasizes the ministry.
Armenia, an ally of Russia, and Azerbaijan, backed by Turkey, have fought each other for control of Nagorno-Karabakh in two wars over the past three decades. The 2020 conflict ended with a ceasefire and mediation by Russia, which sent a contingent of peacekeepers there. At least 286 people were killed in renewed clashes on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border in September.
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