Statement of the Foreign Ministry of Armenia regarding the actions of Azerbaijan aimed at causing humanitarian crisis in Artsakh

22 March, 2022

Through the blatant interference of the Azerbaijani side, the supply of natural gas from Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh was again disrupted in the territory fallen under the Azerbaijani control near the town of Shushi. Thus, in the conditions of unprecedented precipitation and cold weather, about 120,000 people of Nagorno-Karabakh were deprived of vital gas supply.

Just a few days ago, Azerbaijan, for eight days in a row, was not allowing the reconstruction of the gas pipeline that was damaged in the same area under unknown circumstances.

Therefore, in addition to its ongoing efforts aimed at exerting psychological pressure on the people of Nagorno-Karabakh and preventing the entry of international humanitarian organizations into Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan is deliberately disrupting the proper operation of critical infrastructure in Nagorno-Karabakh, obviously leading to humanitarian crisis. We consider this outrageous policy of systematic violence against the Armenians of Artsakh unacceptable.

The current situation emphasizes the urgency of clear response of the international community towards preventing the humanitarian crisis, as well as the immediate and unimpeded involvement of international humanitarian organizations in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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