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Armenia didn’t betray Ukraine

 

Armenian Ambassador in Ukraine explained Armenia’s position during March 27 UN voting where Armenia voted against of Crimean referendum illegality.

According to “Today” newspaper Andranik Manukyan said that Armenia was guided by its national interests and foreign policy.

 “We didn’t betray Ukraine: Ukraine has repeatedly voted on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the favor of Azerbaijan. And we have not even sent a protest note to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, " he said.

To the question “Is there possibility that decision was influenced by Kremlin, the ambassador said. "You should not link this issue with RF. We do not hide the fact that Russia is our strategic partner, yes, we are going to continue close cooperation with Russia and become a member of CU (Custom Union), but our vote is linked to our position about the nations’ right of self-determination."

Ambassador also pointed out that in his opinion were no problem established with Ukraine. As about Ukraine's new government, the ambassador said that the bilateral relations are always discussed in the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry: "We are working to preserve the traditional friendly relations," he said.

The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a resolution titled "Territorial integrity of Ukraine" deeming the annexation illegal.  Voting held among 193-members of UNGA where by a vote of 100 in favor to 11 against, with 58 abstentions, was declared that Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol on the basis of the 16 March referendum was not legitimate. Which means that parties has to abstain from any action that might be interpreted as recognition of any other altered status of Crimea.

Baku affirmed Ukraine's territorial integrity and declared Crimea’s voting invalid. Tofig Musayev, an Azerbaijani representative reiterated Baku's adherence to the fundamental principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of internationally recognized borders, saying they "constituted the basic foundation of international relations and the international legal order."

 

Armenian representative Garen Nazarian during the voting said that his country had "consistently promoted democracy, decolonization and self-determination, which were enshrined in the UN Charter."

Ani Mejlumyan

 

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