Borrell defends EU gas deal amid Azerbaijan’s aggression against Armenia

Borrell defends EU gas deal amid Azerbaijan’s aggression against Armenia

PanARMENIAN.Net - EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell has defended the European Union’s gas deal with Baku amid Azerbaijan’s aggression against Armenia and evidence of execution by Azeri troops of Armenian PoWs.

At the same time, he said that Azerbaijan has “bombarded and occupied” parts of Armenian territory, which is “unacceptable”, the Public Radio of Armenia reports.

Borrell said during Question Time at the European Parliament that the EU has done everything it can to call on the parties to engage in a dialogue, to put in place a ceasefire.

“It is clear that Turkey continues to support Azerbaijan,” Borrell said, adding that they are asking Turkey to use this influence to reduce tensions between the two countries.

Borrell attached importance to the opening of borders between Armenia and Turkey, which, he believes, will also help reduce the tensions.

“I wish we could reach peace in the Caucasus region and many other areas where there is a need for peace. Unfortunately, we only have the means that we have, which is political influence. We have a special envoy for the region, who is in constant contact with the two countries and the European members of the Minsk Group. We are also offering humanitarian assistance, and that is what we are able to do,” the High Representative said.

“Azerbaijan has bombarded and occupied parts of Armenian territory, areas that are well into Armenia, they have been using artillery, as well as drones.”

“What is happening is extremely sad, there are about 300 soldiers dead, 207 are Armenian. There are some occupied areas, which is absolutely unacceptable and is a disrespect for internationally recognized borders. The forces are so close that there is a risk of new conflict,” the High Representative said, adding that the Azerbaijan forces must be withdrawn.

At the same time he defended the energy agreement sealed by the EU with Azerbaijan, saying that “the agreement does not work to the detriment to human rights or other democratic issues that have cropped up in the country.”

Borrell said the video of execution of Armenian prisoners of war is “terrible” and added that investigation is required.

The latest round of fighting between the two countries began in the wee hours of September 13, when the Azerbaijani military attacked Armenian posts and shelled Armenian settlements both on the border and deep behind the frontline. More than 200 people are dead or missing as a result, the Security Council of Armenia said on Monday.

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