Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
by David Stepanyan
There wasn't and couldn't be any offer to transfer Artsakh to Russia in my letter addressed to President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Zori Balayan, publicists, public worker, one of the advocates for Karabakh's unification with Armenia, told ArmInfo.
"Show in my letter to Putin a single line or word hinting at my intention to transfer Karabakh to Russia. There is no such. Moreover, I repeatedly mentioned in the letter that Nagorno Karabakh is no longer just Karabakh, for it comprises territories legalized by its own Constitution. In such case, how can Artsakh be transferred to anyone?" Balayan said.
Zori Balayan addressed a 17-page open letter to President of Russia Vladimir Putin Saturday. In his letter, the publicists dwells upon the history of Nagorno Karabakh, Armenia, and the entire region, along with the groundless claims of Azerbaijan and Turkey regarding Karabakh. Further in the letter, Balayan invites Putin to visit Artsakh to make sure that his words are true and that the decision adopted by the Soviet authorities in 1921 was unlawful.
After the letter was made public, media outlets and the entire web was flooded with harsh criticism addressed to Balayan and allegations of betrayal, Russophilia, and an intention to give Karabakh to Russia.