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Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) has never been part of Azerbaijan. Yeghishe Kirakosyan, Armenia's representative before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), stated about this at a briefing on Monday.

Explaining the essence of the international principle of "separation for salvation" proclaimed by Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Kirakosyan said that this is, in fact, an extreme degree of self-determination.

According to Kirakosyan, this principle does not deny the fact of separation; moreover, it had happened a long time ago, and Nagorno-Karabakh had separated from the USSR, and, subsequently, it was never part of Azerbaijan. "This is a very important fact. It is obvious that the goal of [Azerbaijan’s current] aggression is the occupation of Artsakh—if not more. This principle is a message that there is no way back. This is a record of the fact that it is impossible to unite any unit with a racist regime," Kirakosyan said.

According to Armenia's representative before the ECHR, many countries support this principle, which was the basis for the settlement of the Kosovo conflict.

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