President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Arayik Harutunyan urged citizens to prepare for war, not for negotiations.
He stated that none of the known packages and agreements between Armenia and Azerbaijan is acceptable to him.
In his words, the Armenian side is not going to discuss options that can weaken the security of Karabakh. Harutunyan is sure that the republic should strengthen the army in response to the aggressive rhetoric of Baku.
вЂњLet's be realistic and prepare for war, and not discuss the topic of negotiations. There will be no negotiations, I do not see this. Azerbaijan is not in the mood for negotiations, it shells the positions of Armenia, threatens to strike at the nuclear power plant. What can we talk about here? вЂњ вЂ” he declared.
In 1991, Nagorno-Karabakh, inhabited mainly by Armenians, declared independence from Azerbaijan. Baku tried to return the region by force, a war broke out. In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, with the mediation of Russia, signed a truce protocol. Military operations are resumed periodically. In July of this year, clashes broke out on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, about 300 kilometers from Karabakh. The death toll on both sides was 18.