Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has spoken about Armenia captain Henirkh Mkhitaryan’s non-participation in the Europa League final in Baku.
Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the said at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, Pashinyan recalled the video were Arsenal fans in Mkhitaryan shirt were seen stopped by police in the streets of Baku.
“Imagine that fans come to the attention of the Azerbaijani police only for wearing a shirt with Mkhitaryan’s name. I think this speaks for itself,” Pashinyan said.
He noted that Russian citizens of Armenia descent have often been denied entry to Azerbaijan.
“This is a very bad sign. I think such cases should be excluded, because they aggravate the situation. No one can face a similar problem in Armenia,” the Prime Minister said.
He reminded that a reporter from Azerbaijan’s Turan agency visited Armenia not long ago and had no problems, the issue of security was not even raised.
Responding to an Azerbaijani journalist’s question about the so-called “occupied territories,” Nikol Pashinyan said: “How can people occupy a territory where they were born and lived for generations and centuries. How can one imagine this?”
Pashinyan stressed that since the start of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, Armenia has been the guarantor of Artsakh security. “Had this guarantee not been provided, there would be no other guarantee,” he added.
The Prime Minister noted that the authorities in Armenia and Artsakh are ready to implement an investigation mechanism at the line of contact between the armed forces of Artsakh and Azerbaijan to avoid arguments on who opened firing and when.