News 7 december — 15:39

Senator Lukin about call of Russians to 'return' Nakhchivan to Armenia (Exclusive)

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RECORDED BY ZAUR RASULZADEH, MOSCOW

Vadimir Lukin, Deputy Chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, believes that the statement of some Russian representatives at the meeting of the Lazarev Club in Yerevan does not reflect the official position of Moscow. V.Lukin told about this to Azeri Daily.

'This is their own opinion. Russia sees a friendly country in Azerbaijan, and this has been repeatedly voiced by the leaders of the Russian state and parliament,' the politician emphasised.

According to Lukin, relations between Baku and Moscow are developing smoothly, and the problems that arise, just as between all states, are solved together.

Regarding the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, the Russian public figure acknowledged that this is a very difficult problem, and Russia is ready to put all its efforts to have peace in the region.

Lukin expressed his attitude towards the new Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan in the following way: 'There is certainly discomfort in relations with him, but with whom there isn’t? Is there no such discomfort with Trump? The task of Pashinyan is to protect the interests of Armenia, our task is to protect the interests of Russia. Diplomacy exists to smooth out such sharp corners...'

Recall that the first meeting of the Russian-Armenian 'Lazarev Club' was held in Yerevan. One of the main initiators and organisers of the work of this club, which positions itself as a new format of public diplomacy, is Konstantin Zatulin, who in the current, seventh convocation of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, is the first deputy chairman of the CIS, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots Committee.

At the meeting, there were open attacks against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. Many Russians even spoke for the revision of the Kars Treaty of 1921, and the accession of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic to Armenia.

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