MOSCOW (Tert.am)–“If Nagorno-Karabakh declares independence, then Russia must recognize that,” a leading member of the Russian Parliament said on Friday, speaking at the European and Asian Media Forum in Moscow.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the Vice-Chair of the State Duma and Leader of Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky, said he saw Russia’s recognition of Karabakh as the only way out of the current quagmire in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
“Otherwise, Azerbaijan and Armenia will never agree on whom Nagorno-Karabakh belongs to. I have neither an Armenian- nor an Azerbaijani-leaning position,” said the Russian politician.
According to Zhirinovsky, Russia needs peace and stability in the South Caucasus.
“If that is secured, then let Armenia make ties with whoever it so chooses, whether that be Turkey, Iran, Georgia, or Azerbaijan,” he said. “But if there’s aggression, then we will stand by the victim countries and completely wipe out the aggressor.”
Asked by a journalist what is Russia’s role in Armenia’s rapprochement with Turkey, Zhirinovsky said: “We wouldn’t want Turkey, in that rapprochement, to make use of the entire South Caucasus in order to increase its influence.”