May 25
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Russian President was surprised why the Armenian PM opposes the option of returning Azerbaijanis to Shushi, but when presented his arguments, he said that it was logical, and he was not aware of some of the subtleties, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan wrote on his Facebook.

“On October 19, Artsakh President Arayik Haroutyunyan called me and said that the war should be stopped. He also said that thereby not only conveys his opinion, but also conveys the opinion on behalf of the former presidents of Artsakh Arkady Ghukasyan, Bako Sahakyan, as well as Robert Kocharyan, Serzh Sargsyan, Levon Ter-Petrosyan.

I called Russian President Vladimir Putin and he said that we should try to do this according to the logic of the Russian proposals. That is, the transfer of the status issue, the surrender of areas, the deployment of Russian peacekeepers," he said.

"I could not make any public statement, because if Azerbaijan rejected this proposal after my public statement, it would be the collapse of our entire system of resistance. I called the Russian president again and said that I agree. He said that he would discuss this with Aliyev until morning and call him back," Pashinyan added.

Putin noted that Armenian side must commit itself to the return of Azerbaijanis to Shushi.

"Thus, the truce became impossible, because I said that even if I agree on the issue of Hadrut, I cannot imagine the possibility of surrendering Shushi. The Russian president was surprised why I oppose the option of returning Azerbaijanis to Shushi. When I presented my arguments, he said that it was logical, and he was not aware of some of the subtleties," he said.

"The issue is that in this case the population of Shushi would be populated by 90 percent or more of Azerbaijanis, who were supposed to control the road to Stepanakert."

"I am sure that if I agreed to the option of surrendering Shushi, Azerbaijan would put forward a new condition on passing the Karmir Shuka-Shushi road under their control."

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