“The Minsk Group Co-Chairs have on numerous occasions urged the sides to reject any threat or use of force against civil aircrafts and not to politicize the issue of opening of the airport. But who is threatening? Azerbaijan. Who is politicizing? Azerbaijan and those who by the latter’s incitements are making these kinds of statements,” Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said today in response to those European parliamentarians who have expressed concern about the opening of Stepanakert airport, and have said it can have an impact on the negotiation process.
“If these parliamentarians are genuinely concerned about the security and stability in the region, then why have not they ever expressed any concerns about the bellicose rhetoric, warmongering policies of Azerbaijan, about its provocative actions? What was their reaction about the notorious Safarov deal? Those same parliamentarians were either silent or were even justifying Azerbaijan, when the whole world was unequivocally condemning Baku.
Why are those parliamentarians behaving like this? I think the answer to this question we, as well as they themselves know very well.
Our position on this issue is very clear: Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia have never politicized and do not politicize the opening of the Stepanakert airport. The airport in Stepanakert will serve only for civilian and humanitarian purposes,” Minister Nalbandian said.