It's not all the same whether Artsakh is part of Azerbaijan or not. Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Foreign Minister David Babayan told this to reporters Monday.
"The loss of Artsakh will lead to unpredictable changes in the geopolitical landscape. Imagine that there is no Artsakh. As a possible option, Pan-Turkism will play a dominant role in the region, which will lead to penetration into Central Asia, the North Caucasus, the Middle East—all the way to China," Babayan said.
According to him, one of the means of confrontation is the study of facts and the resistance against distortion [of facts]. For example, Azerbaijan is constantly advancing its interpretations of UN resolutions.
"All four [UN] resolutions have accepted the subjectivity of Artsakh; and it must be said about that. ‘Local Armenian forces’ are noted in them, which testifies to subjectivity," Babayan stressed.
At the same time, he noted the need to defend one’s own position.
"[President of the European Council] Charles Michel's terrible statements. After Artsakh's tough response, [Toivo] Klaar [i.e., the European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia] and the others began to clarify and say that they did not mean that.
And if you keep silent, everything will be different. So, everything depends on us, on our policy. Charles Michel and others should receive messages from us. With all due respect, their words are not a law for us because this is an existential struggle. And if it seems to anyone that there is no choice, he is very wrong; there is always a choice," said the Artsakh FM.