3% percent of Russian population support Azerbaijan in Karabakh conflict – survey

3% percent of Russian population support Azerbaijan in Karabakh conflict – survey
# 17 June 2016 09:39 (UTC +04:00)

According to the survey, 59% of respondents heard about the clashes, but they have no detailed information, 11% of respondents are following the developments and 30% of respondents are unaware of the military clashes.

The survey says that 67% of respondents support none of the Karabakh conflict parties, while 15% show sympathy to Armenia and 4% - Azerbaijan.

11% of respondents believe that Russia should back Armenia and 3% think their country should express support for Azerbaijan. 66% of citizens believe Russia should take a neutral stance on the conflict.

23% of respondents said the recent military clashes were initiated by the US and NATO countries, 19% - by Azerbaijan, 15% - by Turkey and 4% - by Armenia.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.

A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.

The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.

Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.

Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.

Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.

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