“Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to start consultations in order to determine the type and volume of assistance that Russia could provide to Armenia to ensure its security. We confirm the Russia’s commitment to its allied obligations towards Armenia, including those arising from the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia of August 29, 1997,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“Some articles of that treaty presupposed specific actions in the event of a threat of an armed attack or an act of aggression against each other’s territory. In accordance with the treaty, Russia will provide all necessary assistance to Yerevan, if fighting spills over to the territory of Armenia,” read the statement.
The ministry once again called on the parties to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to agree on an immediate ceasefire, the de-escalation of tensions and a return to substantive negotiations in order to achieve a peaceful settlement based on the underlying principles in line with the agreements reached by the foreign ministers of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia in Moscow on October 10.
The Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement once again confirms that the hostilities are taking place on the territory of Azerbaijan. Given this fact, Russia has turned down Pashinyan’s request to help Armenia.