Member of Russia's Federation Council: “It’s incorrect to make comparisons between Crimea and Nagorno Karabakh”

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# 02 April 2014 16:14 (UTC +04:00)

Moscow. Farid Akbarov – APA. “It’s incorrect to make comparisons between Crimea and Nagorno Karabakh”, Vladimir Jabbarov, first deputy head of the Committee on International Affairs of Russia's Federation Council, told APA’s Moscow correspondent.

Jabbarov said that Transnistria, Nagorno Karabakh and Crimea are different conflict objects: “It’s incorrect to compare these conflicts with each other. Russia does not intend to extend its territory at the expense of the territory of another country. Therefore, I think annexation of Nagorno Karabakh and Transnistria by Russia is completely excluded. Moscow does not intend to hold referendum in those territories and annex them. Russia supports economic integration within CIS, but not territorial integration”.

Jabbarov said there are historical reasons that Azerbaijan voted for the resolution supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine and adopted by the United Nations on March 16 and underlined that Russia respects Baku’s position: “Baku’s step has not affected Russia-Azerbaijan relations. I hope that Azerbaijani authorities will soon normally approach Russia’s position regarding Crimea, because it is quite a different history. Crimea was historically a part of Russia. Crimea was annexed to Ukraine in 1954 without any legal grounds. The decision on Crimea’s annexation to Ukraine was not approved by the USSR Supreme Soviet.”

Vladimir Jabbarov said Nagorno Karabakh conflict should be resolved between Azerbaijan and Armenia: “OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries should act on the level of guarantors. I want to reiterate that Russia does not intend to extend its territory at the expense of the territory of another country”.

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