May 14, 2022 - 15:48 AMT
Ex-President: War would end differently if Armenia asked Russia for help

Former President Serzh Sargsyan believes that the Second Karabakh war would have different results if Armenia officially asked Russia for help, reports.

Sargsyan made the remarks during an opposition rally demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, while speaking to French media.

When asked what role Moscow should play for the Armenian people, the third president said Russia was and remains Armenia's ally.

"I believe that Russia is ready to fulfill its allied obligations. There is a need for the leadership of Armenia to move in the right direction – not to make any oral statements during the conflict, but to apply in the forms stipulated by the agreement, asking for help from Russia so that the latter fulfills its contractual obligations," Sargsyan said.

"I am sure that if during the 44-day war Armenia asked Russia for help in the form prescribed by procedures, we would have a completely different situation today.

“Regarding the future fate of Artsakh and Armenia, I must say what I have always said. I have been saying for 30 years now: Karabakh will never be part of Azerbaijan. I am 100% sure,” Sargsyan said.

In recent weeks, protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan have taken to the streets to block major roads in the capital Yerevan and call on the population to commit acts of civil disobedience. Pashinian has come under fire after he and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev agreed to start drafting a bilateral peace treaty to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and set up a joint commission on demarcating the borders.