YEREVAN—President Serzh Sarkisian told the Wall Street Journal that Armenia will deliver a disproportionate blow if Azerbaijan engages in armed combat over the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
In an article that was published Friday, Sarkisian tell the WSJ’s Joe Parkinson that Armenia would continue to push for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
“Unfortunately, I believe Azerbaijan is waiting for an occasion to start a conflict,” Sarkisian told the Wall Street Journal Thursday. “I am confident such a mistake would harm the people of Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia but that most harm would come to the people of Azerbaijan….We won’t stand aside when the population of Nagorno-Karabakh is going to be destroyed.”
“What is the reason for establishing such a xenophobic atmosphere and hatred against Armenians in Azerbaijan?” Sarkisian said. “It is easier to create such an atmosphere, to encourage hate speech, rather than deal with the consequences of that atmosphere and turn the tide back.”
Read the entire Wall Street Journal article and watch Parkinson’s interview with Sarkisian.