European Union and Germany decide to blame Moscow for occupation of Azerbaijani lands

European Union and Germany decide to blame Moscow for occupation of Azerbaijani lands

 

European Union and Germany decide to blame Moscow for occupation of Azerbaijani landsOrhan Sattarov, director of the European Bureau of "Vestnik Kavkaza"From January 20-21, the President of Azerbaijan held talks in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the chairman of the Munich International Security Conference Wolfgang Fredrik Ischinger, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the country Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as well as with members of the Bundestag and members of the German-Azerbaijani Forum.During the press-conference, Angela Merkel was asked about sanctions against Armenia, which continues to occupy some Azerbaijani territories. The journalist noted that in certain situations the EU introduces various sanctions of an economic and political nature against countries that violate the territorial integrity of other states. However, Europe is not acting in the same way in the case of the Armenian occupation of Azerbaijani lands. Merkel answered the reporter's question in a rather unexpected way: "As I have already said, we've had a talk with the president on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue. Germany is a member of the OSCE Minsk Group, co-chaired by Russia, France and the United States. We support efforts for a peaceful settlement of the conflict within this framework. We have seen how President Aliyev has repeatedly met with his Armenian counterpart, demonstrating his willingness to negotiate. And we adhere to a common opinion that there is only a peaceful way to resolve the problem. We are concerned about the increasing incidence of ceasefire violations, and we will, of course, closely monitor the situation. I think, of course, that Russia, to put it very very carefully, plays an important role in this conflict. Given the fact that Russia and Armenia are sometimes acting in cooperation in this conflict, you can assume that we [the EU and Germany] have a unified approach."Thus, following the logic of Merkel, it turns out that by imposing sanctions against Russia, the European Union "punishes" Moscow not only for events in Ukraine, but also for its position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It is obvious that such an approach is nothing more than passing on responsibility to the Kremlin. In fact, before the Ukrainian events, both Germany and the European Union always highly appreciated Moscow's mediation efforts in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Nobody in the EU never even thought about adopting any sanctions against the Russian Federation in the context of Karabakh, this question was not even hypothetically on the agenda.Now, instead of doing the logical thing and imposing sanctions directly against the aggressive side of the conflict – Armenia – the European Union and Germany have decided to bring in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, making Moscow guilty of occupation of Azerbaijani lands, and choosing not to deal directly with Armenia, with which the EU still hopes to reach an agreement and bring it on its side. Meanwhile, according to the government of Germany, not the Russian, but the Armenian army is stationed in Nagorno-Karabakh. And even if you agree with Merkel and assume that Russia encourages Armenia to occupy the Azerbaijani territories, why would you impose sanctions against the imaginary "customer" and not the "performer"? It means that the EU does not have a unified approach and Merkel's diplomatic maneuver during the press conference was not her best one.To be continued.

 

 

From January 20-21, the President of Azerbaijan held talks in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the chairman of the Munich International Security Conference Wolfgang Fredrik Ischinger, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the country Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as well as with members of the Bundestag and members of the German-Azerbaijani Forum.

Orhan Sattarov, director of the European Bureau of "Vestnik Kavkaza"

During the press-conference, Angela Merkel was asked about sanctions against Armenia, which continues to occupy some Azerbaijani territories. The journalist noted that in certain situations the EU introduces various sanctions of an economic and political nature against countries that violate the territorial integrity of other states. However, Europe is not acting in the same way in the case of the Armenian occupation of Azerbaijani lands. Merkel answered the reporter's question in a rather unexpected way: "As I have already said, we've had a talk with the president on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue. Germany is a member of the OSCE Minsk Group, co-chaired by Russia, France and the United States. We support efforts for a peaceful settlement of the conflict within this framework. We have seen how President Aliyev has repeatedly met with his Armenian counterpart, demonstrating his willingness to negotiate. And we adhere to a common opinion that there is only a peaceful way to resolve the problem. We are concerned about the increasing incidence of ceasefire violations, and we will, of course, closely monitor the situation. I think, of course, that Russia, to put it very very carefully, plays an important role in this conflict. Given the fact that Russia and Armenia are sometimes acting in cooperation in this conflict, you can assume that we [the EU and Germany] have a unified approach."
Thus, following the logic of Merkel, it turns out that by imposing sanctions against Russia, the European Union "punishes" Moscow not only for events in Ukraine, but also for its position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It is obvious that such an approach is nothing more than passing on responsibility to the Kremlin. In fact, before the Ukrainian events, both Germany and the European Union always highly appreciated Moscow's mediation efforts in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Nobody in the EU never even thought about adopting any sanctions against the Russian Federation in the context of Karabakh, this question was not even hypothetically on the agenda.
Now, instead of doing the logical thing and imposing sanctions directly against the aggressive side of the conflict – Armenia – the European Union and Germany have decided to bring in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, making Moscow guilty of occupation of Azerbaijani lands, and choosing not to deal directly with Armenia, with which the EU still hopes to reach an agreement and bring it on its side. Meanwhile, according to the government of Germany, not the Russian, but the Armenian army is stationed in Nagorno-Karabakh. And even if you agree with Merkel and assume that Russia encourages Armenia to occupy the Azerbaijani territories, why would you impose sanctions against the imaginary "customer" and not the "performer"? It means that the EU does not have a unified approach and Merkel's diplomatic maneuver during the press conference was not her best one.
To be continued.

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