First Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Nationals Abroad Konstantin Zatulin has clarified his statement on a ‘landing operation’ in the context of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
“On October 21, an article was posted on the HCH website and disseminated on a dozen websites under the title “State Duma Does Not Rule Out Airborne Operation In Karabakh”, referring to my statement. To avoid misunderstanding, I would like to state that in my interview with NSN, I emphasized a few times that, in my opinion, we can talk about an airborne operation in the Republic of Armenia, not in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, and we can talk about strengthening Russia’s military presence and taking necessary actions amid the expanding war in the Caucasus in which neighboring Turkey is becoming more and more involved.
I still consider abnormal the situation in which case the Russian military base in Gyumri is becoming hostage to blockade of the Republic of Armenia due to closure of the airspace around Armenia.
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has already stated that Russia has fulfilled and will fulfill its obligations before Armenia, which is a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization,” Zatulin stated.