February 8, 2023 - 13:58 AMT
UN mission in Karabakh "hardly realistic", says Russia

The idea of ​​sending UN peacekeepers to Nagorno-Karabakh is not realistic, director of the department of international organizations of the Russian Foreign Ministry Pyotr Ilyichev said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Ilyichev reminded that for now the International Committee of the Red Cross is the only international organization working in Karabakh.

According to him, UN humanitarian missions have not received access to Nagorno Karabakh from Azerbaijanis and Armenians even for an initial mission to identify needs.

"In these conditions, there is no progress in establishing even international humanitarian assistance to Nagorno-Karabakh, the practical implementation of the idea of ​​sending an international peacekeeping contingent, which will require UN Security Council sanctions, is hardly realistic," Ilyichev said.

He also noted that the Russian peacekeeping contingent is fulfilling the tasks of restoring peace and security in Nagorno Karabakh.

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the UN, Mher Margaryan, earlier urged the United Nation to deploy a fact-finding mission to Nagorno-Karabakh and the Lachin corridor to assess the humanitarian situation on the ground.

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