Heiko Langner: contrary to Merkel, Russia helps settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Heiko Langner: contrary to Merkel, Russia helps settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

"Russia is not a party of the international Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, but does play the role of the most important mediator of peace within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group," political analyst Berlin Heiko Langner told a reporter of Vestnik Kavkaza, commenting on Angela Merkel's statement on the participation of Russia in this conflict. 

 

On January 21 during a joint press conference after meeting with the Azerbaijani President, Angela Merkel touched on Russia's role in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, saying that Russia and Armenia are working together on some aspects. 

 

"Russia plays an important role in this conflict. Armenia and Russia stick to a common position on this issue, so you can assume that we have a unified approach," she pointed out. 

 

"The statements by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint press conference with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on the policy of Russia in the South Caucasus could cause confusion and are not useful for the peace efforts of the OSCE," Heiko Langner says.

 

The expert expressed confusion at the position of the Chancellor of Germany. "The EU has not yet found it necessary to impose sanctions against Armenia in connection with the military occupation of Azerbaijani territory. It is unclear why the Chancellor of Germany, speaking on the role of Russia in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at the moment, emphasizes a unified approach of the policy of comprehensive sanctions imposed by the EU against Moscow and rendered in connection with the current conflict in Ukraine," he wondered.

 

According to Langner, Merkel's point of view on Russia's role in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict hardly corresponds to reality, and her application cannot be considered as constructive. "The federal government in its responses to several parliamentary initiatives has always emphasized that it will support Russia's efforts to mediate in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. And if we want to make progress, that's how it's supposed to be. The resolution of the conflict is already quite heavy, and it is important that members of the Minsk Group hold a common position," the expert said.Germany's position on the Crimean issue, according to Langner, is thus in contradiction with its position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. "The German Federal Government should define its position in another important aspect: it has clearly criticized the inclusion of Crimea into Russia and affirmed the territorial integrity of Ukraine. In the case of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Government of Germany expressed extreme caution, although the international legal situation is also evident there. Armenia's occupation policy has been violating the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan for more than 20 years, and this should be clearly stated," he explained."Anything else will be a policy of double standards. Even the United Nations, trying to speak in the most diplomatic way, has clearly expressed its position on several resolutions on the conflict. And Germany should not lag behind," Heiko Langner concluded.

According to Langner, Merkel's point of view on Russia's role in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict hardly corresponds to reality, and her application cannot be considered as constructive. "The federal government in its responses to several parliamentary initiatives has always emphasized that it will support Russia's efforts to mediate in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. And if we want to make progress, that's how it's supposed to be. The resolution of the conflict is already quite heavy, and it is important that members of the Minsk Group hold a common position," the expert said.

 

Germany's position on the Crimean issue, according to Langner, is thus in contradiction with its position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. "The German Federal Government should define its position in another important aspect: it has clearly criticized the inclusion of Crimea into Russia and affirmed the territorial integrity of Ukraine. In the case of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Government of Germany expressed extreme caution, although the international legal situation is also evident there. Armenia's occupation policy has been violating the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan for more than 20 years, and this should be clearly stated," he explained.

 

"Anything else will be a policy of double standards. Even the United Nations, trying to speak in the most diplomatic way, has clearly expressed its position on several resolutions on the conflict. And Germany should not lag behind," Heiko Langner concluded.

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