Russia: Macron’s Caucasus accusations are “flagrant, unacceptable”

Russia: Macron’s Caucasus accusations are “flagrant, unacceptable”

PanARMENIAN.Net - The official representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, has described French President Emmanuel Macron’s remarks that Russia is using the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to destabilize the South Caucasus as “flagrant and absolutely unacceptable.”

Macron earlier accused Russia of purposely provoking the recent clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan as part of an effort to destabilise the Caucasus region and beyond.

“Such attacks are in line with the West's anti-Russian line of demonizing Russia and testify to attempts to transfer the logic of confrontation from Ukraine to other parts of the post-Soviet space, including the South Caucasus,” Zakharova said Thursday, October 13.

“The absurd fabrications of the President of France speak of Paris' disinterest in establishing lasting peace in the region and call into question his country's ability to play a constructive role there.”

Zakharova said attempts to drive a wedge into Russia's relations with Azerbaijan and Armenia are “doomed to failure and will only lead to further depreciation of France's authority in the region.”

Speaking to France 2 television on Wednesday Macron said Moscow had stoked tensions in recent months in favour of Azerbaijan.

"What's been happening on the border the last two years ... 5,000 Russian soldiers are allegedly there to guarantee the border, (but) the Russians have used this conflict which dated back several centuries and played Azerbaijan's game with Turkish complicity and came back to weaken Armenia which was once a country it was close to," Macron said.

"You see what's happening? It's an effort by Russia to destabilise. It wants to create disorder in the Caucasus to destabilise all of us."

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