MOSCOW (News.am)—The Russian Federation should recognize the independent statehood of the Nagorno-Karabakh republic, the Vice Speaker of the Russian State Duma told the Latvian Neatkarigas Rita Avize Newspaper on Monday.
Vladimir Zhirinovski, who also serves as the chairman of the Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia, told the newspaper in an interview that Russia’s official recognition of Karabakh’s independence was the only logical way to end the nearly two decade long conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
“I am neither against Armenia nor against Azerbaijanis. But they will never come to terms on Nagorno-Karabakh just as Georgian will never come to terms with Abkhazians, and Arabs with Jews. Never! Kurds and Turks will never come to terms!” Zhirinovski said.
According to him, Russia has been supporting the independence of Karabakh, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transdnietria for the last 16 years. “Russia has been calling for the recognition of all the entities that were unwilling to remain part of the former Soviet republics,” Zhirinovski said.