Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.23
By Elmira Tariverdiyeva- Trend:
Armenia made another action, describing the support for separatism in a global sense. As it is known, the Crimea is part of Ukraine, which illegally joined Russia in March 2014, was another region, recognized by almost no one in the world.
Almost all aircraft flying to the Crimea belong to Russia's airlines and make flights between the cities of this country and the breakaway region.
However, as it is known, "Grozny Avia" airline plans to initiate Simferopol-Yerevan flights from Nov. 16. This will be the second international flight from the Simferopol airport opened after the Crimea joined Russia. However, the first flight was a charter flight from Simferopol to Istanbul, rather than a regular Simferopol-Yerevan flight to be initiated soon.
As it is known, Ukrainian airlines stopped flying to the Crimea after its joining Russia in March 2014. At the same time, Ukraine urged the International Civil Aviation Organization (ІCAO) to condemn the violation of the Crimea's airspace by the Russian aircraft. Thus, in connection with the Crimea's events, Ukraine as a country with the airport of Simferopol on its territory, notified all countries and international organizations, including Russia, about closing the airport.
Therefore, flights to an unrecognized region are considered illegitimate and regarded as the violation of Ukraine's airspace.
By agreeing to open a direct air service between Simferopol and Yerevan, Armenia, which has single-handedly supported separatism in Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh region for many years, openly violated the international law again. However, it is not surprising for the country which has occupied foreign lands for over 20 years.
Armenia's position on the Crimean issue became apparent after its ill-fated voting against the resolution on Ukraine at the meeting of UN General Assembly. That time, with overwhelming majority of votes, the UN General Assembly passed the resolution declaring the invalidity of the March 16 referendum on Crimea's joining Russia.
This is while Russia's long-standing ally Belarus, which voted for the resolution, didn't violate the international law and cancelled the summer flights of its Belavia Airlines to Crimea. And it is quite clear, since ICAO prohibits passenger aircraft to carry out flights to the airports of unrecognized republics and unrecognized territories.
Therefore, Belarus decided to comply with the international law by canceling the flights as distinct from Armenia which wastes no effort to support separatism in its purest form in various regions of the world as many years before.
Elmira Tariverdiyeva is Trend Agency's staff commentator
Edited by CN