Zhirinovsky's opinion on Nagorno-Karabakh not reflects Kremlin's position: Russian ambassador
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 17 / Trend , E.Tariverdiyeva/
Vladimir Zhirinovsky's opinion on Nagorno-Karabakh, stated in an interview with News-Armenia, does not reflect the position of the Kremlin, said Vladimir Dorokhin, Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan.
"Vladimir Zhirinovsky is a representative of the opposition party, and he has a position in the State Duma thanks to the Russian system, which allows representatives of the major parties hold positions in the Duma," said Dorokhin.
Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma, Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Vladimir Zhirinovsky said in his interview with News-Armenia that the Nagorno-Karabakh is the native Armenian lands. "And if we help to return them to Azerbaijan, it will again be a confrontation between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Talk with them about the federation, that it will be broad autonomy - is the same question, as with the Abkhazians and Ossetians," he said.
The ambassador said Zhirinovsky's opinion on Nagorno-Karabakh is not the Kremlin's position.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
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