OPINION: The Greek Foreign Ministry’s position on Nagorno-Karabakh is not one of friendship


The official announcement of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the Azeri attack in Nagorno-Karabakh on March 25, 2022, thus violating the Ceasefire Agreement, while proving their sad attitude towards Armenia which shows cowardice and hypocrisy.

They do not dare utter the name of Azerbaijan as the culprit of this violation, which lets the reader’s imagination choose who they want to hold responsible – the Azeris, the Armenians or the Russians.

It seems as if this announcement was made by force, by people who are afraid of being exposed in the eyes of those responsible, who are none other than the Azeris, who systematically violate this agreement.

Greece as the new Pontius Pilate, tries to keep equal distances, applying the doctrine of neutrality at a time when for Ukraine it took a clear position, without a second thought.

The embarrassing announcement by the Greek Foreign Minister states the following:

“Greece expresses its concern over the latest armed incidents and advance of military units in Nagorno-Karabakh. We call for these acts to cease immediately, units to withdraw to their starting positions & respect the ceasefire agreement of November 9, 2020.”

Let them answer us clearly from the Foreign Minister, who is this unknown actor who is called to return to his original positions?

However, lessons of courage and true friendship were given by the American Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Congress, Mr. Robert Menendez , who made the following statement:

“Reports that Azerbaijani forces have entered parts of Nagorno Karabakh and launched drone strikes on the region’s self-defense forces are extremely concerning. I call on Azerbaijani forces to withdraw back to their initial positions and immediately cease their unprovoked attacks.”

This is masculine behavior. Everything else is for the cowardly, the unfriendly and the cowardly.

Krikor Tsakitzian is a contributor to Politis Press.

Moscow said on Saturday that Azerbaijan violated a ceasefire agreement by entering the Russian peacekeeping mission’s zone in Nagorno-Karabakk.

Although this is not by far the first time Azerbaijan has violated the ceasefire agreement, it is the first time Russia has publicly blamed the country for violating the 2020 deal.

The Russian defence ministry also accused Azerbaijani troops of using Turkish-made drones against the regions defence forces.

“Violating the provisions of a trilateral statement of the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia from November 9, 2020, Azerbaijan’s armed forces between March 24 and March 25 entered the zone of responsibility of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh and set up an observation post,” the Russian defence ministry also said in a statement.

“An appeal has been sent to the Azerbaijani side to withdraw its troops.

“The command of the Russian peacekeeping contingent is taking measures to resolve the situation.”

For their part, the Russian foreign ministry expressed “extreme concern” over the spiraling tensions in the region.

On Saturday, the Nagorno-Karabakh defence ministry said in a statement that Azerbaijani drones had killed three people and wounded another 15.

“Azerbaijan’s armed forces are continuing to remain in the village of Parukh,” the statement added.

Yerevan called on the international community to prevent attempts aimed at “destabilising the situation in the South Caucasus.”

“We also expect the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh to undertake concrete, visible steps to resolve the situation and prevent new casualties and hostilities,” the Armenian foreign ministry said in a statement.

Yerevan said that the “invasion” of strategically important Parukh “was preceded by constant shelling of Armenian settlements and civilian infrastructure.”

The Armenian foreign ministry said earlier this week that Azerbaijani troops on Thursday moved into the village of Parukh — under control of Russian peacekeepers — in what they said was “a clear violation of the ceasefire agreement.”

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This piece was written for Greek City Times by a Guest Contributor