“Armenian Side Will Not Launch War, it’s Azerbaijan That Uses Militaristic Rhetoric” –Pashinyan
When asked about the situation on the frontlines of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict during a Facebook live broadcast, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan said the Armenian army should be ready for any developments without losing vigilance.
“In this period, the average number of shots — and in some cases also ceasefire violations — have been on a low level, and have even reached the level of the 2000s. According to statistical data after I was elected Prime Minister of Armenia, we have an unprecedented low level of ceasefire violations, but we also have victims,” Pashinyan said.
Pashinyan said that there are some mobilizations of Azerbaijani troops on the frontline, and this mobilization sometimes grows, sometimes declines. Regardless, there are moves on the frontline. Some tensions can be observed on the Nakhichevan border as well.
“Regarding the possibility of war, my assessment and approaches are that we should be ready for such developments at any moment,” Pashinyan said. “After being elected Prime Minister, my first order was that vigilance should never be lost, not a second or minute. I would not say we have an unknown situation; we are well familiar with this situation. We can also record that the conflict is not settled. In a way, we are in a half-war, half-peace situation. But this does not mean we should deviate from our normal life.”
Pashinyan noted that the Armenian side will not launch a war; Azerbaijan is the one using militaristic rhetoric. He hoped that the Azerbaijani leadership will understand that the Karabakh conflict has no armed settlement because an armed conflict would lead to unavoidable consequences.
“If Azerbaijanis think that they will bypass those consequences, I think one shouldn’t lead any country to such experiments,” Pashinyan said.