Statement of the MFA of Armenia on the disinformation spread by Azerbaijan

08 March, 2023

On March 7, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan disseminated another message aimed at misleading the international community, alleging that on the same day, a column of military vehicles of the Armed Forces of Armenia, accompanied by the Russian peacekeepers, passed along the Stepanakert-Ghaibalishen-Lisagor road and that the personnel of Armed Forces of Armenia were transported along the same road.

We officially emphasise that this information is completely false, it does not have and cannot have any factual basis and does not correspond to reality.

With such "scandalous revelations," Azerbaijan is trying to divert the attention of the international community from:

1. The terrorist act carried out by the Azerbaijani armed forces on March 5, as a result of which three employees of the passport service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Nagorno-Karabakh were killed, and one employee was injured.

2. The fact that Azerbaijan is not implementing the legally binding decision of the International Court of Justice on the Lachin corridor and has kept the Lachin corridor blocked in defiance of the Court’s decision,

3. The fact of not fulfilling its international obligations on the Lachin corridor undertaken by the tripartite statement of November 9, 2020.

To divert the attention of the international community from these obvious facts, Azerbaijan has adopted the practice of disinformation and escalation, trying to create a false information basis to launch a new aggression not only against Nagorno-Karabakh, but also the Republic of Armenia.
Moreover, to "justify" its behaviour, Azerbaijan continues its policy of presenting Armenia in the West as extremely pro-Russian, and in Russia - as extremely pro-Western.

Armenia has repeatedly stated that no munitions or goods of military significance were transported through the Lachin corridor both before and after its blockade since December 12, 2020.

Furthermore, we reaffirm that the Republic of Armenia does not have an army in Nagorno-Karabakh. The proposal to send an international fact-finding mission to Nagorno-Karabakh to verify the authenticity of this information was repeatedly rejected by the highest leadership of Azerbaijan.

Reaffirming Armenia's desire to achieve peace in the region, we once again highlight the need for the immediate dispatch of an international fact-finding mission to Nagorno-Karabakh and the Lachin corridor to prevent new Azerbaijani aggression and Azerbaijan's obvious preparations to subject the people of Nagorno-Karabakh to ethnic cleansing and genocide.

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